The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are located on the Fort Hall Reservation in Southeastern Idaho, between the cities of Pocatello, American Falls, and Blackfoot. The Reservation is divided into five districts: Fort Hall, Lincoln Creek, Ross Fork, Gibson, and Bannock Creek. Currently, 97% of the Reservation lands are owned by the Tribes and individual Indian ownership.

 The Tribes are composed of several Shoshone and Bannock bands that were forced to the Fort Hall Reservation, which eventually became the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. There are approximately 5,681 enrolled tribal members with a majority living on or near the Fort Hall Reservation.

Through its self-governing rights afforded under the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 and the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, the Tribes manages its own schools, post office, grocery store, waste disposal, agriculture and commercial businesses, rural transits, and more.

In 2012, the Language and Cultural Heritage Department initiated an ongoing holistic language preservation project and are collecting oral histories from tribal elders which are then transcribed and translated into written documents and preserved as audio archives. They are also developing language curricula for school classrooms and teach language classes on a regular basis.


Native American Child's Song
Shoshone Bannock mother sings a song in her traditional language to her young son
Posted by Native Pictures on Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Responses to "Shoshone Bannock mother sings a song to her young son in her traditional language "

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love it. Mothers of all ethnicities play and teach their kiddos with such a true love and enjoyment it is heartwarming! So fun to hear your language and the effort to share it.:)

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