Tribes ask ISU not to perform sunrise ceremony

Pocatello, Idaho (AP) May 2010

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in eastern Idaho have asked Idaho State University to no longer allow non-tribal members to perform a Native American sunrise ceremony on the school’s campus.

The Fort Hall Business Council made the request following a sunrise ceremony held on the campus on April 22, Earth Day, during which non-tribal members performed the ceremony using objects the tribes consider sacred.

University officials say the sunrise ceremony was handled by students who had trouble finding tribal members to perform the ceremony.

University spokeswoman Libby Howe says a university official is speaking with the tribes about the ceremony.

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