Friday, June 7, 2013

Indians to return to Camas Prairie

Shoshone and Bannock tribes take part in Camas Lily Days celebration

Express Staff Writer

     Members of the Shoshone and Bannock tribes from Fort Hall Indian Reservation will return to their historical territory in Camas Prairie Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, for dancing, a traditional relay run, and a display of local arts and crafts.

     The Shoshone and Bannock tribes picked camas bulbs on the Camas Prairie before Europeans came to the area at the beginning of the 19th century. The Bannock War of 1878, one of the last military conflicts between the U.S. military and Native Americans began during a dispute over control of the Camas Prairie.

     The Camas County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Camas Lily Days and Native American Homecoming this year, beginning with a Senior Center Breakfast on Saturday from 7-10 a.m. Tribal members will run from downtown Fairfield at the train caboose to Centennial Marsh at 10 a.m. The Soldier Mountain Ranch will host the American Legion golf tournament, beginning at 9 a.m.

     Camas Lily Days will also feature a free kids fishing derby and a fun run for the public on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Sign-up begins at 7:30 a.m. at Fairfield City Park, where the Camas Chamber will host a breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. The native dancing and singing and fun and games will begin at 1 p.m. at Fairfield City Park.

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