FORT HALL—In celebration of the newly declared National Native American Heritage Month, members of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are having some fun by participating in "Wear Your Moccasins To Work Day" all day Thursday.
"Someone started this up on Facebook and email as a way to show Native pride and we thought it sounded like fun," said Randy'L Teton, public affairs manager for the tribes. "We're just going to roll with the punches and join in."
The U.S. Senate, with Senator Mike Crapo as a co-sponsor, recently passed a resolution recognizing this November as National Native American Month, celebrating the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and their contribution to the United States.
A provision in the resolution put out by Crapo reads: "Native Americans have made distinct and important contributions to the United States and the rest of the world in many fields, including the fields of agriculture, medicine, music, language and art and they have distinguished themselves as inventors, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders and scholars."
He went on, "An important contribution also recognized in the resolution is the honor and distinction with which native Americans have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. I have written often about the outstanding service of our nation's veterans, including this month, as our nation celebrates Veterans Day. Their commitment to our country continues to inspire. Native American veterans are an important group of of these American heroes."
"Much of Idaho's history begins with Native American tribes. The Shoshone-Bannock, Coeur d' Alene, Kootenai, Nez Perce and Shoshone-Paiute tribes all contribute to the richness of Idaho's history and are important to the state's future."
Teton invites everyone to join in the fun on Thursday, by "wearing your moccasins to work, school, or wherever the day takes you."