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150th Anniversary of Fort Bridger Treaty Discussed at U of I Seminar

October 30, 2018

BOISE, Idaho — Oct. 30, 2018 — Past and present Shoshone-Bannock tribal leaders and legal experts will explore the Fort Bridger Treaty and its role in legal battles over time during a seminar at 3 p.m. Mountain time, Friday, Nov. 2, at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center in Boise.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Fort Bridger Treaty signed between the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the U.S. government in 1868. Under the treaty, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are recognized as a sovereign nation with inherent and self-governing rights.

Friday’s discussion with tribal leaders and the University of Idaho Native American Law Students Association will explore the legal history of the Fort Bridger Treaty, the major legal battles that have centered on the treaty, as well as the treaty’s role in contemporary tribal, civil, regulatory and management authority both on and off the reservation. It will be live-streamed to Room 104 of the Menard Law Building at 2 p.m. Pacific time at U of I in Moscow.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Chairmen Lionel Boyer and Blaine Edmo, as well as current Chairman Nathan Small, will discuss the role of the treaty in helping the tribes to maintain their sovereignty and promote self-determination. Mark Echo Hawk, Pawnee tribal member and attorney for the tribes, and Chad Colter, Shoshone-Bannock tribal member and director of the Shoshone-Bannock Fish and Wildlife Department, will also speak at the seminar.

by the Native American Law Students Association and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the seminar is part of the U of I Native American Law Program that focuses on providing law students with a foundation in the interrelationship between tribal law, federal Native American law and the intersection of state law. More information on the program is available at

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Dylan Hedden-Nicely
Associate Professor
Director, Native American Law Program

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