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Photo: Letter TPhoto: the lemhisoday, Fort Hall is home to Shoshonis, Bannocks, Blackfeet, Crows, Crees, Sioux, Yakimas, Utes, Navajos and other tribes. Lemhis comprise less than 10 percent of its 4,500 residents. Nearly a century after their tribe was forced to move there, many still say they would rather be in Salmon. Lemhis of all ages, from teenagers born at Fort Hall to the oldest living Lemhi, 97-year-old Walter Nevada, respond to the siren´s song of their mountain homeland. They say they feel out of place on the reservation, where disputes with other tribes have long been a fact of life.
Photo: the lemhis A dispute over the government´s pledge to reimburse the tribe for the reservation it lost lasted so long that many of those entitled to the payments were dead before it was settled. The full amount the government promised to pay the Lemhis in 1880 wasn´t paid until 1958. By then they were officially part of the reservation´s majority tribe, the Shoshoni-Bannocks, whose larger voting bloc often decided their affairs. Instead of going only to Lemhi Shoshonis, the money was divided among them and other tribes at Fort Hall.


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