In Whose Honor? Submitted photo of their Teton Redsk!ns mascot from a 1996 yearbook.
Published July 19, 2019
FORT HALL, Idaho — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes agree with the recent decision made by the Teton School Board earlier this week to officially retire the Teton high school Redsk!ns name.
The Fort Hall Business Council welcome the Teton School Board to meet and discuss potential new names for the school. The Fort Hall Business Council states, “We thank the Teton School Board, our staff and the Teton Valley community members that supported and continue to support our tribal position.”
The Teton School Board received official letters in support of the changing the ‘Redsk!ns’ mascot, including the Nez Perce Tribe and National Congress of American Indian. Recently, the Tribes received a support letter from the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation (USRT) based out of Boise that is comprised of four Tribes: Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribe of Duck Valley. The USRT letter states, ‘[we] support the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes position on unauthorized and inappropriate use of tribal sacred and religious items and inaccurate depictions of tribes, tribal history, and tribal interactions undermine the experiences, culture and members of tribal communities.’
The Tribes will work with the Teton School District to educate the community on the tribal heritage of Teton Valley/Jackson Hole area.
On Tuesday, July 30th the School Board plan to meet again to discuss a ‘plan’ of a new name. The meeting is open to the public.