Fort Hall Business Council.

TThe Fort Hall Business Council is the governing body of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. The Council was established under the Tribes' Constitution & Bylaws, which was approved by the Tribes and ratified by the federal government in 1937 under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. The Council consists of seven members, each elected for staggered two-year terms.

FHBC in Chambers

2022 - 2023 Council Members L-R: Ladd Edmo, Lee Juan Tyler, Gaylen Edmo, Donna Thompson, Nathan Small, Roland Marshall, Claudia Washakie

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Serving the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Serving as a Fort Hall Business Council member is a full time, paid position. The duties of the Council include the oversight of governmental services and economic development on the reservation; negotiating with federal, state and local government officials on all activities affecting the Tribes, the reservation and the Tribes' off-reservation treaty areas; managing tribal lands.

In recent years, the primary focus of the Council has been overseeing the growth of the Tribes' economic prosperity; protecting the Tribes' off-reservation treaty rights; enacting tribal laws to ensure protection of reservation land, water and air and human health; strengthening public safety; promoting wellness; expanding its tribal farming operations. Each council member is also assigned to meet regularly with one of the five reservation districts to provide information and to obtain feedback on the activities of the Council. The five districts include Gibson, Fort Hall, Ross Fork, Lincoln Creek and Bannock Creek.

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Fort Hall Business Council

Nathan Small

Chairman, Nathan Small

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Gibson District Representative
Nathan has been serving on the Fort Hall Business Council since the late 1980’s as a council member and Chairman. Small was instrumental in opening the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ first gaming operation and served as gaming manager from 1990 to 1998. He has been a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Bar Association since 1980, and has held positions as both a prosecutor and public defender in the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Courts.
Small also worked for a time in the Tribal Water Resources Department and the Environmental Waste Program advocating for protection of clean environmental resources. Small is also an original founding Board member to COLT (Coalition of Large Tribes) organization that promotes the sovereign rights of Tribes.
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Donna Thompson

Vice-Chairwoman, Donna Thompson

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Fort Hall District Representative
Donna is serving her 4th term on the Fort Hall Business Council. Donna is a lifelong resident of the Fort Hall Reservation from the Fort Hall District. Prior to working with the Tribes, Donna was the Human Resources Director at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center and has a combined history of 30 years working with the Tribes in Accounting, TERO and Gaming. Donna has served on the Sho-Ban Jr/Sr high school Board and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Enterprise Agri-Business Board. In Donna’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three daughters and twelve grandchildren in all their sports.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_accordion]
Donna Thompson

Secretary, Claudia Washakie

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Bannock Creek District Representative
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Roland Marshall

Treasurer, Roland Marshall

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Lincoln Creek District Representative
Roland Marshall was elected to the Fort Hall Business Council in May of 2021 and is currently serving as the Sgt-At-Arms. Marshall is a resident of the Gibson District and is serving his first term on the Fort Hall Business Council. He is a first generation of tribal leaders and he believes that tribal leadership is something that comes with life experience, knowledge and familiarity of tribal entities and processes, with the ability to communicate with other tribal leaders as well as the community.

Marshall has a background working within the Tribal Government in the Finance Department for the Tribes for the 19 years, prior to serving on council. He is also a Veteran who served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1993-1997. Until, his selection to the Fort Hall Business Council, he regularly served as a certified Zumba fitness instructor for the community offering free classes at the Fort Hall Recreation.

Marshall is also a member of a local Tribal drum group, Ghost Canyon. He also enjoys, hunting, fishing, playing basketball, softball, and golf. He is a Sundancer and participates in sweat lodges and peyote meetings. In Marshall’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Echo, his children, family and friends. \n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_accordion]

Donna Thompson

Sgt of Arms, Gaylen Edmo

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Ross Fork District Representative
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Lee Juan Tyler

Council Member, Lee Juan Tyler

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Fort Hall District Representative
Lee Juan is serving his seventh term on Fort Hall Business Council. Lee Juan is a member of the Fort Hall district. He is active in traditional and ceremonial ways of our people on the reservation and is frequently called upon to provide prayers and songs at local ceremonies and community events. Tyler is a fluent Shoshone speaker and is in support of revitalizing our Shoshone and Bannock languages. Tyler serves as the Tribes’ representative on the following committees: The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC), the Tribal Science Council (TSC) which is under the umbrella of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to further tribal environmental objectives and to protect our ecosystems for future generations, as well, Tyler is an active member of the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation (USRT) that consists of some of the Snake River Tribes. Tyler is the proud dad of one daughter and resides in the Fort Hall district.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_accordion]
Ladd Edmo

Council Member, Ladd Edmo

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Gibson District Representative
Ladd is serving his second term on the Fort Hall Business Council. Edmo is a lifelong resident of Fort Hall and currently resides in the Fort Hall District. He attended schools in Fort Hall, Blackfoot, and graduated from Intermountain Indian High School. Ladd continued his education at Haskell Jr. College in Lawrence Kansas, where he was on the Dean’s Honor Roll, and received an Associates of Applied Science Degree. Mr. Edmo specialized in carpentry and construction services. Prior to serving on the FHBC, he was the Fort Hall Housing Authority’s Construction Project Manager, and in 2014 he was elected as a Tribal Land Use Policy Commissioner. Edmo is a hunter and fisherman and has four children and three grandchildren.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_accordion]

District Representatives.

Fort Hall District
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Lee Juan Tyler & Donna Thompson

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Gibson District
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Ladd Edmo & Nathan Small
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Ross Fork District
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Gaylen Edmo
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Lincoln Creek District
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Roland Marshall
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Bannock Creek
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Claudia Washakie
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Our Location.

We are located just off Interstate 15, Exit 80 and down Agency Road in the Tribal Business Center

Contact Business Council.

Fort Hall Business Council

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F: (208)237-0797

P.O. Box 306
Fort Hall, ID 83203

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Council Highlights.

Council Members
Members Represented