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Premiere of Idaho's Forgotten War 

In September 1974, former Kootenai tribal chairwoman Amy Trice declared war on the United States government. More than a century earlier, in 1855, the Idaho Kootenai tribe got short-changed by the Treaty of Hellgate. Though they weren't represented at the signing, the treaty nonetheless ceded some of their territories to the United States in exchange for a few allotments. Unfortunately, there was no reservation established for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho.

It was only after a member of Trice's tribe froze to death in his heatless, dilapidated home in Bonners Ferry in 1974 that she decided to end the cycle of poverty that had plagued the dwindling Kootenai population.

In filmmaker Sonya Rosario's long-anticipated documentary of this struggle, Idaho's Forgotten War, she examines how Trice and 67 of her Kootenai tribal members banded together to gain legitimacy for their tribe and pull themselves out of poverty.

A special free premiere screening of Idaho's Forgotten War will take place at the Boise State Student Union Building on Thursday, March 18, from 6:30-9 p.m. Rosario will be joined by Native American drummers and special guests Amy Trice, Valerie Fast Horse, Nancy Egan, Randy Teton, Velma Bahe, Julia Davis Wheeler and Cherie Buckner Webb.

Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union, Simplot D, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-4636, idahosforgottenwar.com.

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