Serving as a Fort Hall Business Council member is a full time, paid position. The duties of the council include the oversight of governmental services and economic development on the reservation; negotiating with federal, state and local government officials on all activities affecting the tribes, the reservation and the tribes' off-reservation treaty areas; managing tribal lands and overseeing law enforcement and the judicial system on the reservation.
In recent years, the primary focus of the Council has been overseeing the growth of the tribes' businesses; protecting the tribes' off-reservation treaty rights; asserting the tribes' jurisdictional authority; enacting tribal laws to ensure protection of reservation land, water and air and human health; strengthening public safety; promoting wellness; expanding its tribal farming operations and marketing the reservation's Famous Potatoes. Each member is also assigned to meet regularly with one of the five reservation districts to provide information and to obtain feedback on the activities of the council.
Chairman Nathan Small - Chairman Small has served on the seven-member Fort Hall Business Council for a total of six years. In June of 2011, he was re-elected for a second term as chairman; prior to that, he served as vice-chairman. Small was instrumental in opening the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ first gaming operation and served as gaming manager from 1990 to 1998. He has been a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Bar Association since 1980, and has held positions as both a prosecutor and public defender in Tribal Court.
Chairman Small also worked for a time in the Tribal Water Resources Department. He is an avid fisherman, and looks forward to travelling to central Idaho each summer to spear salmon in the traditional way of our people. He and his wife Kitty have four children and eight grandchildren, four of which are being raised by Chairman Small and his wife.
Vice Chair Glenn Fisher – Vice Chair Fisher has served two terms on the council. Prior to running for council, he was employed by FMC Corp. in the maintenance area. He is fluent in the Shoshone language and is frequently called upon for traditional gatherings and events. Mr. Fisher has been active in with the national American Indian Scouting Association, promoting the involvement of Native youth in serving their communities.
Secretary LeeJuan Tyler – Councilman Tyler is serving his fourth consecutive term on the Fort Hall Business Council. He is active in traditional activities on the reservation and is frequently called upon to provide prayers and songs for at local ceremonies and events. Councilman Tyler serves as the tribes’ representative on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Tribal Operations Committee and serves as the regional representative on EPA’s National Tribal Operations Committee to further tribal environmental objectives.
Treasurer Tino Batt – Councilman Batt is serving his second term. Prior to serving on the council, he worked for the tribes' 477 Program, which includes temporary assistance for needy families and education, employment and training. He has a bachelor of science in human resource/corporate training and development from Idaho State University. Councilman Batt is co-coordinator of the annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival and is involved as the tribes' representative on the Native American Bank Directors and Tribal Interior Budget Council. He has also been an AARP volunteer since 2005 helping people prepare their income tax returns.
Sergeant-At-Arms Devon Boyer - This is Mr. Boyer's first term on the council. Prior to serving on the council, he worked as a regulatory trainer at Sho-Ban Gaming. Mr. Boyer also has a background in law enforcement and worked as a business consultant. He also has more than 10 years experience working in manufacturing and served as a union representative.
Mr. Boyer is currently part of the Fort Hall Reservation's Emergency Management and Response Team, serving as incident commander along with Executive Director Angelo Gonzales.
Mr. Boyer's daughter Cola was the reigning Miss Shoshone-Bannock 2010-2011. ( Left to right - Cola, NaTika and Tia Boyer.)
Council member Darrell Dixey - This is Mr. Dixey's first term on the council. Prior to serving on the council, he worked for the Shoshone-Bannock tribes Transportation department as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. Mr. Dixey was raised in the 'Bottoms' aboriginal territory in the heart of Fort Hall with his grandparents, Harold & Lucy George and spoke fluent Shoshone up until second grade.
Dixey attended public school in Blackfoot and worked for his Uncle Richard & Mary Dixey's ranch in the Gibson district. He is owner of "Darrell Dixey Construction" specializing in plumbing, water and sewer. Prior employment projects includes the current IHS clinic, Blackhawk road and the old Railroad Credit Union bank. ln his spare time he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and messing with his horse, Naughty Pine.
Council member Blaine Edmo - Mr. Edmo has served 6 terms on the council in the capacity as Chairman to present councilmember. Blaine is currently the district representative of Ross Fork district. Edmo graduated from Blackfoot high school and attended the University of Idaho and Idaho State University. He has obtained a Paralegal certification from Oakland, California and has an official Horse Racing Official certification.
His areas of focus range from tribal courts, water rights, treaty rights, natural resources, jurisdiction, protection and preservation of tribal land base, tribal economic diversity, public safety, language preservation, tribal history and improvement of health care for our community.
Prior to serving council, Mr. Edmo worked as a Tribal Prosecutor, Trial Judge, Chief Judge and Court Administrator for various tribal governments ranging from the Shoshone-Paiute, the Te-moak band, the Fort McDermitt and Fallon band all of Nevada, the Fort Duchesne in Utah, and the Jicarilla Apache in New Mexico. Mr. Edmo was raised in Ross Fork district by his parents Kesley and Maxine Racehorse-Edmo. In his spare time, Blaine enjoys the outdoors sports such as hunting and fishing, he also enjoys pari-mutuel horse racing. Blaine has one daughter, December A. and two grandchildren.
Fort Hall Business Council of 1976
Left to Right: Willis Dixey, Snookins Honena, Diane Fisher, Lionel Boyer, LaNada Boyer, Gilbert Teton, Kelsey Edmo - Photo courtesy of LaNada Boyer
Early Fort Hall Business Council
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