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“Celebrating Community and Neighbors: Building Relations with Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Pocatello”

Registration closes October 10 at 11:59 p.m. A Zoom link and password will be mailed out the day before the event.
All events except the faculty and staff workshop will be livestreamed via Facebook Live.


Living in Two Worlds

Presenter: Tyson Shay, ISU Shoshone-Bannock Student
Time: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.

Tyson Shay. 


My Name is Tyson Shay. I am an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho. I have been dancing at pow wows since I could walk and have been singing at the drum since I was 10 years old. I grew up in Fort Duchesne, Utah amongst the Northern Ute people. In my teen years I moved to Fort Hall to be with my Shoshone-Bannock People. As a person who upholds my cultural to the highest standard, I took my cultural disciplines and applied the same principles into the furthering my education.

Currently, I have graduated with an Associates of Science in Business from Idaho State University’s College of Business in 2012. I am also on course to graduate in 2021 with a Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. In today’s modern society, education seems to be the key to ensuring a future for myself and for my tribe. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to speak for the Celebrate Native American Contributions and Culture Event, and would like to say thank you to the event organizers. I hope you all enjoy and absorb the information that is being shared. With that, I would like to wish you a well and beautiful day! Aishe’ (Thank you).

Reservation History and the City of Pocatello

Presenter: Yvette Tuell
Time: Monday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.

How did Fort Hall come to be a reservation?  When and how were the boundaries established? did this impact the emergence of the City of Pocatello, Idaho? To allow a better understanding of the emergence of the city of Pocatello from the Fort Hall Reservation, it is essential to understand how the boundaries of the reservation came to be. This presentation focuses on the impacts of the history of Fort Hall boundaries and the creation of the City of Pocatello on the Shoshone-Bannock Peoples and settlers in the region, including conflicts occurring along the southern border, how land was removed from the reservation, and the effects of the railroad. 


Yvette Tuell 

Yvette Towersap Tuell was born and raised on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, in the Ross Fork District. She graduated from Blackfoot High School, and went on to college at Washington State University, attending the Natural Resource/Environmental Program for American Indians. She later graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology, with a minor in American Indian Studies. Ms. Tuell studied at Vermont Law School in 1998-2000, earning a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law. She received a Master of Arts in History from the University of Utah in 2019, along with Certificates in Public History and Historic Preservation. She is particularly interested in American Indian history, and incorporating Tribal history into federal land management and public history.

History and Literature of Native American Boarding Schools

Presenter: Amanda Zink, Associate Professor of English, ISU
Time: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.

With the 1879 opening of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, the United States ushered in a new era of assimilative education for North American indigenous children: the boarding schools. While the history of the boarding schools is largely one of trauma and loss for the students who attended, for their children and grandchildren, we also know that the schools taught Native students how to use the colonizer's tools to survive a federal government that wanted to eradicate them. By recovering poems, essays, and stories written by the boarding school students, Dr. Zink shows how Native students not only survived the schools, but transcended the oppressive, assimilative program federal officials had envisioned for them.

Amanda Zink 

Amanda Zink is Associate Professor of English at Idaho State University where she teaches courses in ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, gender, and intersectionality in literature. Her research and teaching focuses on American literatures from the margins, with particular emphasis on American Indian literature from the late-19th century to the present. Her first monograph came out in 2018 from the University of New Mexico Press and is titled Fictions of Western American Domesticity: Indian, Mexican, and Anglo Women in Print Culture, 1850-1950. During her sabbatical this year, she is compiling an anthology of literature written by students at the Indian boarding schools in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.


COVID-19 Connected Human Communities

Presenter: Tribal Health Authorities
Time: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.


Indigenous Activism at Alcatraz

Presenter: LaNada War Jack, Alumnus/Author
Time: Thursday, Oct. 15, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.


Lanada War Jack 

LaNada War Jack is a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes where she lives on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho.  She attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with honors in an Independent Major of Native American Law & Politics. While a student at UC Berkeley, LaNada participated as the Native American component of the first Ethnic Studies Program in the UC statewide effort to establish Native, Black, Chicano and Asian Studies.  In 1969, LaNada and other students throughout California took over Alcatraz Island in peaceful protest of the federal government’s ill treatment of Native people and broken treaties with tribes. This ended the termination policies and facilitated certain subsequent government funded policies for Indian tribes' nationwide while recovering millions of acres of land back. 


Pursuing enforcement of treaties obligations and Indian rights, LaNada was on the founding steering committee and executive board of the Native American Rights Fund for nearly a decade.  She has been an elected councilwoman for her tribes and served on many boards both locally and nationally. In 1985, LaNada co organized Tribal Survival Ecosystems and received her Certificate in Permaculture Design from the International Permaculture Institute, Tazmania, Australia. 

War Jack completed her graduate work at Idaho State University with a Masters in Public Administration and a Doctorate of Arts Degree in Political Science, Pocatello, Idaho in 1999.  Dr. War Jack served as the Executive Director for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes for three years and presently the President of Indigenous Visions Network and taught classes in Native American History at Creighton University and at Boise State University. In November of 2019, Dr War Jack’s book was released, “Native Resistance: An Intergenerational Fight for Survival and Life”. For more information visit


Native American Sports/Athletics Panel

Moderator: Lethaniel Loley, ISU Native American Student Services Coordinator
Time: Thursday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.

ISU Native American Student Services presents a panel of Native American athletes from around the United States for an open Q and A discussion of the role of sports in Native American cultures and the role of Native Americans in U.S. sport. 

Lethaniel Loley. 

Lethaniel Loley (Navajo and Oglala Lakota) is Coordinator of Native American Student Services at Idaho State University.  He graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Health, Sports and Exercise Sciences. He was previously Sports Information Director and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Haskell Indian Nations University.


Emmit Taylor III 

Emmit Taylor III is from Lapwai, ID on the NezPerce Reservation. Taylor is enrolled Yakama and a descendant of NezPerce Tribe.


Alisse Ali-Joseph 

Alisse Ali-Joseph, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University (Oklahoma Choctaw), joined the Applied Indigenous Studies family at NAU in 2013 and specializes in the importance of sports and physical activity as a vehicle for empowerment, cultural identity, health and educational attainment for American Indian people. She also focuses on American Indian health and wellness and American Indian education. Dr. Ali-Joseph was appointed by the President of Northern Arizona University as the Faculty Athletics Representative in Fall 2015. In this role, Dr. Ali-Joseph works with the athletic department to ensure institutional control and maintain academic integrity with student-athletes and faculty and support the overall well-being of student-athletes. Dr. Ali-Joseph also serves on the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Minority for Opportunity and Interest Committee, where she ensures the importance of minority student-athlete voice, equity, access and opportunity.


Natalie Welch 

Dr. Natalie Welch is a Sport Management professor and the Faculty Athletics Representative at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon. She grew up on Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina and is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Tennessee in Sport Management. Her research focuses on the positives of sport in Native communities and how Native communities can use sports as a path to success. Professor Welch has worked with the TIDES Institute on Racial and Gender Report Cards, Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports, Nike's N7, and Wieden+Kennedy. She also works as a producer, consultant, and hosts the "Creative Native" podcast.



Indigenizing Pedagogies and Inclusive Teaching Strategies Workshop

Presenters: Samantha Blatt, Laticia Herkshan, Sonia Martinez
Time: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.

Audience: Teaching faculty and support services

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Acknowledge Tribal Critical Race Theory and the colonial impact on Native American students, 
  2. Explore pedagogies that can support Native American students 
  3. Explore ways to support inclusive learning practices of benefit to Non-Native students 
  4. Internalize and apply best inclusive practices and strategies to support the history, identity, and ways of knowing of our Native American students, 
  5. Begin building indigenized course strategies into your existing course materials. 

Activities: Small group discussions and reflections, outline how you would apply the strategies addressed

Need to Bring: Print handouts, bring pen and paper


Samantha Blatt 

Dr. Samantha Blatt is an Assistant Professor at ISU, Department of Anthropology. She is a bioarchaeologist and forensic anthropologist who has advocated for Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), is an outspoken proponent for collaborative archaeology with descendant communities, and has focused on forensic identification and education regarding transgender victims and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). Dr. Blatt's teaching philosophy has been shaped by universal design and fostering inclusive learning environments for all students. She has particularly molded her pedagogy around decolonization, flexibility and creativity in assignments, service and outreach learning, alliship of first generation and veteran students, and inclusiveness of blind and low vision students in laboratory courses, for which she was recently awarded a Teaching Innovation Grant.


Leticia Herkshan 

Laticia Herkshan is an enrolled citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, ID. She is also a descendant of the Modoc and Tohono O’odham Nations. Laticia is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at ISU. Her research interests vary, and include environmental policy, especially as it pertains to Tribes, federal Indian law, and Tribal governance and policy, among other things. Laticia also serves on the Native American Student Council at ISU. She is passionate about advocating for Native Students’ access to higher education, and increasing their visibility on campus and in the surrounding communities. 


Sonia Martinez

Sonia Martinez grew up in Blackfoot Idaho near the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. She has dedicated her life in service to underrepresented communities in areas of housing, workforce development, and education. She currently works as a STEM Diversity and Outreach Coordinator in the Office for Research Outreach and Compliance, where she coordinates opportunities in undergraduate research for underrepresented students. Sonia is also engaged in several initiatives to create pathways to STEM education that is equitable and inclusive to underrepresented minorities in STEM. The best part of her job is the opportunity to co-advise with Dr. Julia Martin, the nationally recognized student organization, The Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS at ISU).


Virtual Tour: Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum

Presenter: Language and Cultural Preservation Department
Time: Thursday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum.

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum is owned by the Tribe and is located on the Oregon Trail at Fort Hall. The trading post, once owned by Hudson Bay Company, was a crossroads for fur trappers, Native Americans, traders and pioneers in the 1800s. Museum exhibits focus on traditional dress, crafts and how native lifestyles have changed with the influx of outsiders. The Trust funded a photo project for the Tribe, which made these historic photographs available for display. The history chronicled Tribal government beginning with the Fort Bridger Treaty signers through present generations. Other photos provide a historical overview of the bands, which have contributed to the present population of Fort Hall: Lemhi, Boise Valley, Weiser and Southwestern Shoshone.




Film: What Was Ours

What Was Ours (Trailer)
Time: Monday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.


57 minutes

Director: Mat Hames

An Eastern Shoshone Elder and two Northern Arapaho youth living on the Wind River Indian Reservation attempt to learn why thousands of ancestral artifacts are in the darkness of underground archives of museums and churches, boxed away and forgotten.Like millions of indigenous people in many parts of the world, they do not control their own material culture. It is being preserved, locked away, by ‘outsiders’ who themselves do not know what they have.


Q& A with Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho) Film Co-Producer

Time: Monday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.


Jordan Dresser

Jordan Dresser is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Forum and the Denver Post. Questions of who owns tribal artifacts and the role tribal members play in these decisions prompted Dresser to leave Wind River and enroll into a Museum Studies Graduate Program at the University of San Francisco.Dresser currently serves as the Collections Manager for the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office in Riverton, Wyoming.


Film: Navajo Math Circles

Navajo Math Circles (Trailer)
Time: Monday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.



58 minutes

Director: George Paul Csicsery

Hundreds of Navajo children in recent years have found themselves at the center of a lively collaboration with mathematicians from around the world.The children stay late after school and assemble over the summer to study mathematics, using a model called math circles, which originated in Eastern Europe and which has proliferated across the United States.  This notion of student-centered learning puts children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction, with potentially long-lasting results. 


Q&A with George Paul Csicsery, Film Director

Time: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.


George Paul Csicsery

George Paul Csicsery is a writer and independent filmmaker.  Born in Germany, in 1948, and the son of Hungarian parents, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1951.  He has directed 35 films, including dramatic shorts, performance films, and documentaries.  Much of his work since the late 1980s has been about mathematicians. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from San Francisco State University and has taught film editing at the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco and courses at San Francisco State University and UC Davis. 

For more about George Paul Csicsery, please see his full biography at:


Film: Growing Native--Northwest: Coast Salish

Growing Native--Northwest: Coast Salish 
Time: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.



57 minutes

From totem poles to language revitalization and traditional agriculture, Host Chris Eyre (Cheyenne Arapaho) discovers the resilience of the Coast Salish Tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Travel down historic waterways as the tribe revisits their ancient connection to the water with an annual canoe journey. 

A boat on Coast Salish

Q&A with Shirley Sneve (Sicangu Lakota), Executive Producer

Time: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.


Shirley Sneve

Shirley Sneve directs Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit that empowers and engages Native People to share stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of Native Americans through Public Broadcasting. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, she served as director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, MA, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Shirley was assistant director for the South Dakota Arts Council, and she was a founder of Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show and the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates. She started her career as a producer for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She is secretary of the Native Americans in Philanthropy Board of Directors, and also serves on the boards of Center for People in Need, the Friends of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center and the Arts Extension Institute.


Film: Growing Native--Oklahoma: Red People

Growing Native--Oklahoma: Red People 
Time: Thursday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.



57 minutes

Oklahoma is home to thirty-nine federally recognized tribes.  Nowhere in North America will you find such diversity among Native Peoples, and nowhere will you find a more tragic history.  Host Moses Brings Plenty (Oglala Lakota) guides this episode of Growing Native on a journey to Oklahoma’s past and present.  What he discovers among the many faces of Oklahoma culture is the determination, values and respect that tribes have brought to this land, once called Indian Territory. 



Q&A with Charles “Boots” Kennedye (Kiowa), Producer & Director

Time: Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom — register here.


Charles Kennedye

Charles “Boots” Kennedye is an Oklahoma City based filmmaker and member of the Kiowa Tribe. He spent 10 years serving as documentary producer for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority before joining the Vision Maker Media team in 2014. He has won many awards for his work, including eight Heartland Emmy Awards and five National Educational Television Association Awards including (2008)“Best-of-the-Best.” Kennedye has been awarded the CPB/PBS Producers Workshop scholarship and the CPB INPUT Producer Fellowship.