Each Sunday, the BUUF service begins with a land acknowledgement, the “uncomfortable truth” that the land we live, work, play, and worship on was the home of Native American peoples for many generations before the arrival of white settlers. In Southern Idaho this means the Shoshone-Paiute and Bannock peoples. The following videos provide more information about the Shoshone and Bannock Nations:

  • Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation, produced by Lewis-Clark State College Information Technology Media Services (2017, 23:18). Narrated by members of the NW Shoshone Nation.
  • Newe: The Shoshone People – History, Culture and Affiliations (Jaguar Bird, 2019, 32:59). A collection of video clips, photos, and both narration and printed words on slides, accompanied by music.
  • The Bannock People and Tribe: Fort Hall Reservation – History, Culture and Affiliations (Jaguar Bird, 2020, 26:35). A collection of video clips, photos, and both narration and printed words on slides, accompanied by music.

The Shoshone-Paiute community lives on the Duck Valley Reservation about 140 miles south of Boise. The Shoshone-Paiute people have a long history in the region including southern Idaho, northern Nevada, and eastern Oregon. For information about the Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute people, click on this link to the Shoshone Paiute Tribes website. Read about the tribe and watch the 3 short videos included at the bottom of the page. The links have also been duplicated below. The first 2 are approximately 8 minutes long, the third is about 7 minutes long. Together, they provide a brief history of the tribe and description of their current life, narrated by current members of the tribe.

Native American peoples have always been intimately connected to the land. This means protecting the fish and other animals they share the land with, thinking 7 generations in the future. Their environmental work continues to this day. In Idaho, the Shoshone and Bannock Tribes are working to protect the Snake River. The following short videos provide information about their work.