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.
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 and overseeing law enforcement and the judicial system on the reservation.
In recent years, the primary focus of the Council has been overseeing the growth of the Tribes' businesses; protecting the tribes' off-reservation treaty rights; asserting the tribes' jurisdictional authority; 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 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.
Fort Hall Business Council.
Chairman Nathan Small
has been serving on the Fort Hall Business Council off and on since the late 1980’s as a council member and currently the 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 and currently serves as the Interim COLT Treasurer.
In his past time, Nathan is an avid fisherman, and looks forward to traveling with his family to central Idaho each summer to spear salmon in the traditional way of our people.
Vice Chairman Darrell Shay
is serving his third term on the Fort Hall Business Council: first in the mid 80’s; second in the mid 90’s and currently. Shay is a lifelong resident of the Fort Hall district. Shay has served in various upper level tribal management positions since 1981, as Assistant Land Use Director, Housing Director, Development Project Mgr., Tribal Construction Mgr., Economic Development Specialist/assistant Planner, and most recently as our former Language & Cultural Program Director. Mr. Shay has acquired a BA degree from ISU in Public Administration/Political Science and Farm Business Mgmt. Shay is a father, grandfather & now a great-grandfather.
Secretary Daniel “Dan” Stone
is serving his first term on the Fort Hall Business Council. Dan is a lifelong resident of the Gibson district. Mr. Stone is a graduate of Idaho State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, 2007 from the University of Idaho College of Law with a Juris Doctor, emphasis in Natural Resource Law, and a member of the Idaho State Bar Association from 2008 to present. Daniel has spent almost ten years working as a Policy Analyst with the Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife Department with a duty to ensure Article IV of the Fort Bridger Treaty remains strong for future generations of Tribal members. Dan is council representative of the Ross Fork District.
Treasurer Tino Batt
Mr. Batt is currently serving his fourth term as Tribal Treasurer of the Fort Hall Business Council since 2009, the governing body of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho. In this position, Mr. Batt is involved in monitoring the Tribal financial management and accounting practices of all Tribal entities operating within the Tribal government structure. Mr. Batt has served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Bancorporation Co. from 2009-2015. In addition, Mr. Batt continues to serve on various advisory committees under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Tribal Interior Budget Council (TIBC) with the Bureau of Interior (BIA) as the alternate for the Northwest Region. Past Committee representative included the Secretary Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) for DHHS, IRS Tax Exempt/ Government Entities (TE/GE) Indian Tribal Government (ITG) Advisory. Mr. Batt continues to volunteers with the local AARP Foundation Tax Aide program and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on the Fort Hall Reservation. Coordinator the Annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival 2009-2016, a half a million-community event. Mr. Batt has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource/Corporate Training and Development from the Idaho State University, in Pocatello, Idaho.
Sergeant-At-Arms Ladd Edmo
is serving his first 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.
Council Member Lee Juan Tyler
Council Member Donna Thompson
is serving her 2nd 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 Vice Chair 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.
Upcoming District Meetings.
We are located just off Interstate 15, Exit 80 and down Agency Road in the Tribal Business Center