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 Blaine Edmo - Mr. Edmo has served for seven terms on the Council in the capacity as Chairman to council member. Edmo 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. Edmo’s 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 Tribe and Fallon band all of Nevada, the Northern Ute of 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 Ariwite and two grandchildren and is a lifelong resident of Ross Fork district. Blaine can be reached by email at email@example.com
Vice Chairman LeeJuan Tyler
– Mr. Tyler is serving his fifth term on Council. He is active in traditional and ceremonial ways of our people on the reservation and is frequently called upon to provide prayers and songs at local ceremonies and events. Tyler is a fluent Shoshone speaker and is in support of revitalizing our Shoshone and Bannock languages.
Tyler serves as the Tribes’ representative on the following committees: the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC), the Tribal Science Council (TSC) which is under the umbrella of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to further tribal environmental objectives and to protect our ecosystems for future generations, as well, Tyler is an active member of the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation (USRT) that consists of some of the Snake River Tribes. Tyler is the proud dad of one daughter and resides in the Fort Hall district. Lee Juan can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Mitzi Sabori - Councilwoman Sabori is serving her first term (2014-2016) on the Fort Hall Business Council. Sabori is a lifelong resident of the Fort Hall reservation and has two children. Sabori started work for Tribal Courts while saving money to attend Haskell Indian Jr. College of Kansas studying Indian Law. After attending Haskell, Sabori was called home to tend to care for her maternal Grandmother and attended local Idaho State University to pursue nursing to become a skilled caregiver. Sabori has knowledge in finance, health, retail and relationship building. Prior to being voted on council, Sabori worked with Tribal Courts as a prosecutor secretary, a probation coordinator and clerk of the court.
Councilwoman Sabori is an active volunteer in the community. For eight years, she served as a committee member of the Shoshone-Bannock Festival committee. She also volunteered as an executive secretary for the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah on the tribal host committee. Annually, she volunteers for local toy drive benefiting the tribal community. In her new position as council member, Sabori has taken on-line NIMS course, public speaking and public information training to better understand the Incident Command System for emergency situations on the Fort Hall reservation. She is also a new board member of the State of Idaho Indian Education Advisory committee based out of Boise, Idaho. Mitzi can be reached by email at email@example.com (Photo of Mitzi Sabori by Bill Burke Photography, 2014)
Sergeant-At-Arms Devon Boyer - Mr. Boyer is serving his third term on Council. Boyer is an avid hunter and gatherer and participates in the annual Sundances. Prior to serving on the council, he worked as a regulatory trainer at the Fort Hall Casino. Boyer also has a background in law enforcement and worked as a business consultant. He also has more than 10 years plus experience working in manufacturing and served as a union representative.
Boyer is currently part of the Fort Hall Reservation's Emergency Management and Response Team, serving as an Incident Commander from the Fort Hall Business Council. Mr. Boyer's daughter Cola was the reigning 2010-2011 Miss Shoshone-Bannock (Photo left to right are his daughters: Cola, NaTika and Tia Boyer). Devon can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Council member Darrell Dixey - Mr. Dixey is serving his second term on Council. Prior to serving on the council, he worked for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Transportation department as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. 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 include the current IHS clinic, Blackhawk road and the old Railroad Credit Union bank. ln Dixey’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and messing with his horse, Naughty Pine. Darrell is a lifelong resident of the Gibson district. Darrell can be reached by email at email@example.com
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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