Tribal Chairman advocates for federal funding to Congress


Fort Hall – The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes was invited to provide testimony on May 17, 2017, regarding the Tribes federal funding needs, to the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington DC. The hearing was hosted by the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee which focused on the Department of Interior and EPA funding.

Acting Chairman Darrell Shay thanked the Committee, “for this opportunity to talk about financing issues, and thank you, Rep Simpson, for all the support for Indian Country all these years.” He addressed the proposed federal budget cuts, the long term underfunding of BIA Self-Determination and Self-Governance programs, Tribal Health care needs, infrastructure needs for our community water and wastewater systems, as well, the Sho-Ban Jr./Sr. high school funding, and Tribal EPA funding to help clean up polluted and contaminated lands of the Reservation. He emphasized the need to protect and honor the treaty rights held by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.