The Stanley-based Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association will welcome new Executive Director Lin Gray on Monday, Jan. 6.

Gray was born and raised in west-central Idaho. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Hampshire College and a master’s of science degree in natural resources from the University of Idaho.

“I’m excited to work with the community to create more opportunities for people to connect with the cultural and natural history of the Sawtooth and Salmon River country,” Gray said. “There is always more to learn about the places we love.”

Gray returns to Stanley from Salmon, Idaho, where she was director of the Sacajawea Center for more than six years.

“So often, our histories are whitewashed and tribal voices are not heard,” Gray said. “We avoid the history of the removal of people whose land we are on now.”

Gray said she was invited to accept the new position in part due to her experience working with Shoshone-Bannock people, including Leo Arriwite and Darrell Shay, who are descended from the Agai Deka [Salmon-eater] Shoshone band.

“There was a Chief Eagle Eye, who was Duku Deka [Sheep-eater] Shoshone, and more from the Sawtooth Valley area,” Gray said. “I have not communicated with his descendants yet at the Fort Hall Reservation, but I know they exist.”

Gray began working with the Sawtooth Association as an Ameri-Corps summer intern in 2009. She then worked as program co-coordinator for the association at the Redfish Lake Visitor Center for three seasons and has been a board member for the Sawtooth Association since October 2018.

“Ten years ago, during my first summer working for SIHA, I could have only dreamed about having the opportunity to return to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in a more permanent capacity,” Gray said.

The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that operates in cooperation with the Sawtooth, Salmon-Challis and Caribou-Targhee national forests. The association operates the Redfish Visitor Center and the Stanley Museum during the summer seasons.

“We are proud to welcome Lin back home,” said Sawtooth Association board President Stewart Wilder. “She will continue all the great work of former Executive Director Sarah Cawley as she leaves the Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association to pursue her life’s journey opportunities.”

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