Held Since 1964

In August 1964, the former Recreation Director Reeves Nawoosky (Comanche) planned a year end celebration after a successful summer of recreation activities in Fort Hall. The event was called a social powwow that drew in many young and old dancers and local drum groups to celebrate.

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Miss Shoshone-Bannock Pageant

One of the main highlights was the Miss Shoshone-Bannock pageant that drew in over 10 plus young ladies from around the reservation. This tradition continues every year. The cultural pageant was the first of its kind and considered to be a prestigious new title for young Shoshone-Bannock women.  Each contestant wore their finest handmade deer skin dresses and family beadwork. The winner held the title for one year where she relinquished her title the following year at the powwow. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s, where the winner was given a fully beaded ‘Miss Shoshone-Bannock’ sash and matching turquoise crown with the Shoshone rose to wear throughout her reign.


Sequoia Pahvitse-Auck, Miss Shoshone-Bannock 2018


Jennie Whitehorse, Miss Shoshone-Bannock 2019


Original Crown in Museum

Today, the beaded sash is still worn but in 2006 the original crown was retired and is presently housed at the local Tribal museum.  Each contestant competes every August in the areas of: public speaking, personal interview, traditional dish, traditional dance and a traditional talent.  Miss Shoshone-Bannock is a Tribal ambassador and role model for the younger generations.

Miss Shoshone-Bannock 2018 & 2019

Miss Shoshone-Bannock

Sequoia Pahvitse-Auck and Jennie Whitehorse will serve as a role model for the native youth, as well as an ambassador for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.


1st Attendant:
Jennie White Horse

2nd Attendant:
Nature Ariwite

Miss Congeniality:
Bree Baker

Royalty Applications for 2018 – 2019

Miss Shoshone-Bannock

Pageant Application for 2018

Festival Princess

Pageant Application

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Fort Hall Indian Relay

The Indian Relay races have long since been a part of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes culture. The sport actually originated here on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation over a hundred years ago. Many families that participated in the sport decades ago are still participating and passing this legacy on from generation to generation.

The Indian Relay teams consist of three horses and four team members (1 rider, 1 catcher (Mugger), and 2 holders). The rider must complete a lap with each horse riding bareback. The rider must dismount without any help from their team mates and without losing control of their horses.
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Shoshone-Bannock Festival Disclaimer

Shoshone Bannock Tribes, the Fort Hall Rodeo and Festival Committees are not responsible for accidents, divorces, marriages, lost/stolen items. The Festival Events are family oriented events. Drugs, Alcohol and Weapons are NOT ALLOWED! Violator’s will be reported to the proper authorities. The Shoshone-Bannock Festival & Tribes will not be held responsible for any damages, theft, injuries or accidents sustained while on the premises or while participating in any and all Festival activities that may occur through negligence by the individual, spectator(s), friend(s), and/or relatives. Image/performance are to be used by the Shoshone-Bannock Festival and the Media/Press, for video/film/ photography/etc., for the purpose of promotions, news, archival and other press/media related items.