Shoshone-Bannock Tribes  


The mission at the Language & Cultural Preservation Department is to provide an environment for the cultural enrichment and preservation of our Shoshone and Bannock languages and traditions; to preserve the ways of our ancestors; and to promote our identity for future generations.

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Language and Culture Preservation Program (LCCP)

The long-range goals of the Language and Culture Preservation Program (LCCP) focus around preserving the Indigenous languages and cultures. The Tribes' long-term goals and priorities include the following:

  • To document, preserve, and revitalize Indigenous languages and culture;

  • Actively involve Tribal elders in Indigenous language and culture preservation activities to ensure accuracy, appropriateness, and cultural sensitivity;

  • Work closely with local schools, parents/guardians, and community members to develop effective Indigenous languages and culture learning curricula, resources,and training;

  • Seek out and encourage Tribal youth and community members to know and appreciate Indigenous languages and culture;

  • And, to develop and establish archives and repositories for linguistic and cultural resources.


Archives provides a means to preserve tribal documents that describe our Tribes' history and ways of life. These documents provide support for many areas the Tribes deal with in today's world - such as land claims, land use, language preservation, cultural preservation, family histories, and lineage. Also, many archived documents ensure that the rights and privileges of the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 are afforded to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.


Original Territories and Historical Research

The Original Territories & Historical research Program was originally called the Lemhi Project and had the initiative of establishing the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ancestral land claims to areas in Northern Idaho and Southwest Montana.

It has since evolved and now extends its research throughout the entire northwest and southwestern United States, as well as areas in Canada and Mexico. In the pursuit of conducting historical research, we seek to identify, evaluate, and document culturally relevant items, interaction, practices, sites, beliefs, drawings, and recordings that will further support the establishment of our tribal presence in Northwest America and to above all, protect and preserve our cultural heritage for future generations.

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Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes welcome you to visit the museum and learn about our unique culture and history. See the collection of old photographs dating back from 1895 and artifacts from the site of the Old Fort Hall. During the summer months see the buffalo behind the museum. In the museum store you can purchase books, music, posters, calendars, tribal member art prints, and authentic beadwork made by Shoshone-Bannock tribal members.

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Language and Culture Liaison

The Language & Cultural Preservation Liaison provides for tribal educational and signage projects and will serve as the intermediary between the Tribes, non-Indians and tourism development in the states of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Current projects are tribal history video documentary with NAKA Productions, Inc., "Corrections" to the Nez Perce Trail, establishing the Bannock Trail, Shoshone trail, and also to develop workshops in conjunction with historical societies of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.

To ensure that Memorandums of Understanding, Agreements, Cooperatives, and Partnerships must first be authorized by the Fort Hall Business Council. The Language & Cultural Preservation Liaison has been authorized to speak on behalf of the Fort Hall Business Council at Nez Perce Trail Meetings.

Language and Culture Instruction

  • Presently, dictionaries in both the Bannock and Shoshone languages are being developed and will be an ongoing project as many words especially in the Bannock language is being discovered since very few people speak this language.
  • A pronunciation system is being developed that will be easy for our tribal members to understand, comprehend and relate to. There is presently an International Phonetic Alphabet based system used that is hard for the general population untrained in the use of this system to understand, so changes will be made to accommodate our tribal members.
  • LCPP personnel have been assisting other tribal programs that request translations, transcribing the language and culture in the development and completion of major project relating to our off-reservation treaty rights and other important matter that effect our sovereignty.
  • The LCPP offer Bannock language and culture classes to the general (tribal) public on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Language and Culture Preservation Department conference room. A class is also offered on Saturday mornings at 9:00am to children who cannot attend the evening classes.
  • The LCPP also offer a Shoshoni language and culture class on Tuesday and Thursdays at 5:30 pm at the same location.
  • Future plans are to develop a CD for listening and a DVD for viewing to learn the language.


Ancestral Researcher/Special Collections

The Ancestral Researcher/Special Collections Coordinator has the duty and insight to preserve and collect historical information for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, which is made available to the public upon request so that the Tribes’ heritage may be understood and preserved. (allowed under the freedom of Information Act). Any person has the right to obtain access to Federal Agency records, with the exception of confidential information which is protected by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Privacy Act. Come in for a six-generation family tree certificate and family photographs. 

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Charter School Initiative

Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy (CTEA) will be an exemplary student-centered learning organization reflecting the Shoshone-Bannock values of deniwape and life-long learning.The mission of CTEA's heritage language immersion program is to provide a positive environment in which all students ultimately will be educated in the Shoshoni, Bannock and English languages.

In order to better prepare our children academically, socially, and culturally to meet the future challenges of a global society, CTEA has three primary purposes: academics, trilingualism, and cultural enrichment.  Centered on the Shoshone-Bannock culture and through the use of Shoshoni language immersion, the curriculum and instructional materials are designed to increase the academic achievement of our students. 

Cross-curricular thematic instruction will be heavily influenced by the sciences and the performing and visual arts.  CTEA is dedicated to advancing academic excellence by providing students in kindergarten through sixth grades with the intellectual capacity to participate and work productively in a multicultural society. 

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Talking Circle Bannock Language Class

Come learn one Idaho's most endangered languages by listening to tribal elders speak every Monday* at 5:30-8:00 pm in the Learning Lab in the Human Resource Development Center (HRDC). Class is followed by a potluck dinner.

Beginning Shoshone Language Class

Come learn "Newe daigwape" from trained Fort Hall Shoshone language instructors every Tuesday night from 5:30-8:00 pm in Learning Lab of the HRDC.

  • Normal hours of operation excluding Tribal holidays and unexpected events.


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