Honoring Boise Valley Tribes and Their Ancestors

On Friday, June 14, Mayor Dave Bieter, council and community members joined the chairman of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, Ted Howard, in rededicating Quarry View Park as Eagle Rock Park and Castle Rock Reserve as Chief Eagle Eye Reserve.

Group of people unveiling a new sign

The rededication was a part of the annual Return of the Boise Valley People gathering, which included Governor Brad Little, Mayor Bieter, leaders and representatives from the five Boise Valley tribes, Boise City Council and the Idaho Air National Guard as speakers.

"There is simply no way to make amends for the effects of the historical trauma experienced by the original Boise Valley people on today's descendants," Mayor Bieter said, "I stood that morning humbled and extremely grateful for having the opportunity to return what was once theirs in commemoration of their ancestral history and connection to the land."

This dedication ceremony honored the tribes' historical name for the balancing rock in the reserve and the legacy of a peaceful chief of the Weiser Shoshone. It was an important next step in building a meaningful collaboration with the tribes, to honor and recognize their place in our community.

We hope you will take some time to visit the newly renamed park and reserve. The historical renaming is not just an outcome, but a start of a better future.

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