The ceremony and proclamation celebrated the history and contributions of Native and First Peoples to Boise and our community, and recognized historical injustices committed against indigenous people. The event included remarks, songs and invocations from leaders and representatives from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Fort Hall, Idaho), Shoshone-Paiute Tribes (Duck Valley, Idaho) and a representative of the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
“The City of Boise recognizes the vast contribution made by Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, science, philosophy, arts and culture, which have helped the City of Boise develop and thrive,” Mayor Bieter said, reading from the proclamation. A copy of the proclamation can be found below.
The Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamation is the culmination of efforts between both Native American and non-Native community members in the Treasure Valley. Boise City Councilmember TJ Thomson initiated advocacy efforts on behalf of the tribes in 2015. Since her recent election, Councilmember Lisa E. Sánchez continues this work at the city level.
“As our beautiful city grapples with pressing issues of growth and development, I ground my decisions as a city council member by considering the original inhabitants of Boise, and how they were once violently displaced to accommodate newcomers to their land,” said Sánchez. “As a Chicana, I admire my cousins, who are the Boise Valley People, and by whose continued grace our great city continues to make room for more of our brothers and sisters.”
On June 14, Mayor Bieter, City Council President Lauren McLean, and Councilmember Sánchez, along with members of the community, welcomed the descendants of the original Boise Valley people back to the city, the first time since their forcible removal by soldiers from the Boise Valley in 1869. As part of the celebration, a historical exhibition prepared by Lori-Edmo Suppah about the original Boise Valley people was installed in the City Hall lobby, which is still on display.
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