Rolling through the country at a blistering pace we swing by and stop at the next state on the DC40 Prayer Initiative schedule.
To add your comments, thoughts, prayers and suggestions you're welcome to leave your comments here, or head over to our Facebook Group "What Makes Your State Great". Come by tell us why you love your state. Lend support and positive energies for those coming under fire and help defend our freedom of religion.
Many of my facts are from 50states.com.
Elk River is the home of the Idaho Champion Western Red Cedar Tree, the largest tree in the state. Estimated to be over 3000 years old this giant is more than 18 feet in diameter and stands 177 feet tall. Perched at 9,500 feet on Trinity Mountain is the highest fire lookout in the Boise National Forest.
Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell was founded as the College of Idaho in 1891 and is the state's oldest four-year institution of higher learning. Grangeville is located in north central Idaho. The community is considered the getaway to five wilderness areas and four national forests totaling 5 1/2 million acres. The total is second only to Alaska in designated wilderness area.
The elevation of Cambridge is 2,650 feet above sea level with the surrounding mountains reaching elevations around 8000 feet and plummeting to around 1500 feet in Hells Canyon. Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in America. President Theodore Roosevelt established the Caribou National Forest in 1907. The area now covers more than 1 million acres in southeast Idaho.
The native tribes of Idaho are Kootenai, Kalispel, Coeur d'Alene, Palouse, Nez Perce, Northern Paiute and Shonshone - Bannock.
I found two federally recognized tribal reservations, Coeur d'Alene Reservation and the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
Before the Christian missionaries efforts and the introduction of the Peyote religion in the late 19th centry, the Easter Shoshone practiced two forms of religion. One directed toward personal success and survival through acquisition of supernatural power from the spirit world and the second was designed for the welfare of the community and nature. They had quests for power and mythological beings were of major importance. Some of their ceremonies included "The Feather Dance", The Shuffling Dance (Ghost Dance) and the Sun Dance.
Today we also are struggling to find our place in the world. Other groups are coming in to take away what is our right to believe what we choose to believe and worship how we choose to worship. I call upon the spirits of those ancestors past that can provide us with the strength and wisdom to move forward in this fight and protect what so many have lost their lives to ensure that each new generation can enjoy.
Here is a video tribute to the Shonshone Tribes.
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