by Daniel Moore
Press Staff Writer
Employers on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation must first choose employees from members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, says the Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO). The Tribes are considering amendments to update the ordinance.
Power County is planning to submit a letter to the Tribes about the proposed changes, some of which county officials consider an overreach of tribal power. Power County land use attorney Doug Balfour updated the county commissioners on what he saw was problems with the ordinance in their meeting on Monday, Nov. 14.
Specifically, Balfour said the ordinance attempts to assert control over the areas originally in the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, but were ceded after the reservation’s creation. That area is five times larger than the current reservation, Balfour said.
The original reservation would include much of Bannock County as well as Arbon Valley in Power County.
Balfour also said the ordinance wants to make the employment requirements extend past the reservation boundaries by five miles. Prosecutor Ryan Petersen, who was also attending the meeting, explained that the Tribes want to require employment standards for those renting ground on the reservation, not just for the reservation property they are renting, but also for ground they rent or own off the reservation. …
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