Shoshone-Paiute Tribes pull together after fire

Members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes pulled together after wildfires knocked out power for eight days on the Duck Valley Reservation.

The tribe set up an incident command center to respond to the crisis. Some people volunteered up to 12 hours a day to prepare food, deliver supplies and make sure tribal members were being taken care of.

"It's cultural: People taking care of people, neighbors helping neighbors, families helping families," Yvonne Powers, editor of Sho-Pai News, told The Magic Valley Times-News.

Electricity was finally restored to the reservation last Thursday after two generators were trucked in. The tribe is still urging people to conserve power.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) and Sens. Larry Craig (R) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R) will visit the reservation and the Duck Valley area today to assess damage from the Murphy Complex Fire.

The reservation straddles the Idaho-Nevada border.

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Law Makers Head to Duck Valley to Help Residents (KTRV 7/29)
'People taking care of people' (The Magic Valley Times-News 7/28)

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