By JACK McNEEL — It’s now been 45 years since “The War.” I still remember it well as do many older residents of northern Idaho and particularly Boundary County. It’s probably a new story for most newcomers and a story that needs retelling.
By JACK McNEEL — A tribal member from the Flathead Reservation, Stephen Small Salmon works hard to keep his culture and native language alive.
By JACK MCNEEL The Sacred Heart Mission at Cataldo is the oldest standing building in Idaho. It may be stretching the definition of “museum,”
It’s doubtful if any of these senior citizens dreamed of being featured on a calendar, but that’s precisely what happened at the beginning of this year. To make it even more remarkable, the 2018 calendar photos showed local people 90 or older, both women and men, and thus the title “Nine over Ninety and More!”
It’s been my good fortune to have traveled extensively during my lifetime, and much of that has taken place in the western U.S. from Alaska to Mexico. Some towns hold a special appeal and keep calling me back. Each state has probably two or three towns that hold that appeal. The small town of Leavenworth, Wash., has a particularly strong pull at Christmas.
Some people make a great impression at first meeting. Leroy Seth is one of those people.
The Nez Perce Tribe is likely the best recognized of Idaho’s tribes. Their close association with the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 on their western journey and again on their return eastward in 1806 made the tribe’s name recognizable across the country.
The Coeur d’Alene tribe called themselves the Schitsu’umsh. This word means “Those who were found here” or “The discovered ones.” Their homeland stretched over roughly five million acres from eastern Washington through northern Idaho and into western Montana.
Carol Wright headed east for her first Boston Marathon when she was 73. She ran her second at 74, and now that she’s again qualified, she will be on the starting line for her third Boston Marathon in 2018.
The Duck Valley Reservation is home to the Western Shoshone and Northern Paiute Tribes. The reservation is unique in that it splits in half between Idaho and Nevada. The walkway leading to tribal headquarters is on the state line, the 42nd parallel.