BOISE – Cahersiveen is working with State officials to seek Quarry View Park (at 2150 Old Penitentiary Road) and Rock Rock Reserve (at 451 N Quarry View Place) to commemorate and honor the significance of both sites. for the Indigenous Boise Valley People.
City staff from the Departments of Arts and History and Parks and Recreation are proposing to designate the Castletown Reserve as the Eagle Eye Principal Reserve (Ige Dai Teviwa, Eagle Eye Country in the Bannock language) and to designate Rock Park Eagle (Pava Kweena Teppi in the Bannock language).
The original inhabitants of the Boise Valley were Tube Burns Paiute de Oregon; Yellow Springs Consolidated Tribes in Oregon; the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes Nevada; and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Idaho and Nevada, together with Shoshone-Bannock tribe of Idaho.
The officers say that the tribes call the rounded rock above “Eagle Rock” Quarry View Park – and that their families are of great importance to them. Over the past nine years, the Boise People Valley Return has been held in this location every June to pray from their ancestors, many of whom are buried in the surrounding hills.
Eagle Eye was the leader of a peaceful band of seventy Weiser Shoshone. In 1878, they refused to relocate to reservations – and later lived quietly in the mountains of Idaho for twenty years. The Chief Eagle Eye died in 1896 and is planted at the top of Butte Timber, overlooking his homeland. “The descendants of the Boise Valley reserve wish to name the Castletown Reservoir after this peaceful leader to commemorate their history and connection to this land,” said Boise spokesman, Mike Journee, in a newsletter.
“This is an important step in preserving the historical importance of an area with deep meaning for Shoshone-Bannock and Paiute Tribes,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. “It is very important that we remember and honor everyone with a history and a connection to this wonderful place we live in.” T
The first step in the renaming process is a presentation and public hearing before the Boyne Parks and Recreation Commission on 18 April. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 4 pm. Maryanne Jordan's Council Chambers on the third floor in City Hall.
If the members of the commission decide to approve both changes of name, they will be considered by Boise City Council for adoption, pending the acceptance of the pitch designation.
(photo courtesy: City of Boise)
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