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Shoshone Remember Bear River Massacre With Smaller Ceremony During Pandemic

For members of the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, Jan. 29 is an emotional day — a day of remembrance for the hundreds of ancestors who lost their lives 158 years ago near Preston, Idaho.

On Friday, they held a memorial for those victims of the Bear River Massacre overlooking the very land they were murdered on.


“Welcome to our land,” said Darren Parry, one of the band’s seven council members. “This is the first time in 158 years that we’ve been able to say that.” Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.