FORT HALL, IDAHO – On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are hosting their third annual Elder Abuse Awareness Fair at the Fort Hall Casino in the Bingo hall from 9:00-2:00PM. The annual theme is “Taking a Stand Against Elder Abuse.”
Special guests include Tribal elder Wilson Wewa from Warm Springs, Oregon and the new 2014-2015 Miss Indian World, Taylor Thomas of Fort Hall.
This special event is to educate the public that elderly abuse exists in every community and what resources are available for them. Tribal Courts Adult Protection Services Manager, Marcia Hall says, “I would recommend keeping a closer watch on your elders at home, report any and all abuse, work with the Tribal Court for stricter sentencing, increase socialization activities for elders, and work together as a community to promote awareness”
Examples of Elder Abuse include:
- Not listening to the elders when they speak
- Treating the elder as if they DON’T matter anymore
- Family members using the elder’s money, car, food, and in many cases medication
- Little time to care for an elder
- Excessive use of elder aka Baby sitter
- Not including elders in social gatherings
Informational vendors will also be available at the event, they specifically geared towards the elderly or “Senior Services.” The agenda starts at 10:30 AM with a warm welcome from a member of the Fort Hall Business Council, Fort Hall Casino Asst. Manager, Adult Protection Services, special remarks from our new 2014-2015 Miss Indian World, Taylor Thomas, a prayer and then Wewa’s presentation. The agenda will conclude at 12:00PM with a song by local drum group, Ghost Canyon of Fort Hall.
Hall further remarks, “I take pride and honor in serving my Tribal community, as the Adult Protection Services worker. We’re very fortunate to have an “Elder & Adult Protection Code” and I thank the Fort Hall Business Council along with the many concerned community members.”
If you cannot make the daily event, Wewa will be available for an evening session at the Justice Center in the Training Room beginning at 6:30 PM with refreshments provided by the 477 Human Services & Consumer Services Program.
Sponsors of this annual event are the Fort Hall Business Council, Fort Hall Casino, Fort Hall Casino Employee Assistance Program, Tribal Courts, Elderly Nutrition, Caregiver Program, Ghost Canyon, Wilson Wewa, Southeast Idaho Council of Government Area on Aging, 2014-2015 Miss Indian World-Taylor Thomas, Sho-Ban News, 477 Human Services & Consumer Services Program, and to the local & surrounding informational vendors in attendance.
If you know of anyone being a victim of abuse, immediately report to the Fort Hall Police Department at 208-238-4000 or Adult Protection Services 208-236-1073/ 208-220-1007 cell or the Southeast Council of Government Adult Protection Services 208-233-4032