What Does It Mean To Be A “Native Idahoan”
The following is a term we seen thrown around often in the comments section on our Facebook page:
"Us native Idahoans...."
Usually, it's in response to a discussion about Californians moving to Idaho, a hot button issue, to say the least. That got this writer wondering...what exactly is a "Native Idahoan?" If you were born and raised in Idaho, does that make you a native? If you've lived here your entire adult life, does that count? Or is this term solely to be used for Native Americans?
Here's a very, very short history lesson. Before European and Mexican explorers arrived, around 8,000 American Indians, mostly from two major groups, called Idaho "home." As of the writing of this article, there are five federally recognized tribes located in Idaho.
So, technically, those folks are the first to live in Idaho.
Now, if you'd like to learn more about the rich history of Native American Culture in Idaho, there are some incredible resources online for you to begin your journey. If you've lived in the Gem State your entire life, or if you've just moved here recently, nothing will make you feel more connected to Idaho than learning about her history.
Did you just move to Idaho? In that case, welcome! We're happy to have you. This is a lovely place, but there are a few things you will want to be privy to before you relocate to Idaho.
Are they required? Legally, no, but we'd like to think so. Just a heads up.
The Three Unwritten Rules When Moving To Idaho
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