Federal Recognition
Lemhi Shoshones struggle to gain recognition

It's been nearly 100 years since the federal government forced the Lemhi Shoshone Tribe to leave their homelands in the Salmon River valley of Idaho and move 200 miles away to another reservation.

The tribe has been trying to regain its recognition ever since. Members hope the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition -- Sacajawea was a Lemhi Shoshone -- might help their cause.

Until then, tribal members vow to maintain their Lemhi Shoshone traditions. About 500 live on the Fort Hall Reservation, where they are considered part of the Shoshone-Bannock Nation.

Get the Story:
Identity Crisis: Sacajawea's descendants, 200 years later (The Salt Lake Tribune 8/15)

Relevant Links:
Lemhi Shoshoni Tribe - http://www.lemhi-shoshone.com
Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center - http://sacajaweacenter.org

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