Connecting Neighbors: Darren Parry

Darren Parry is the past Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. Darren serves on the Board of Directors for the American West Heritage Center, the Utah State Museum Board, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. In 2017 he received the Esto Perpetua Award from the State of Idaho for preserving and promoting history in Idaho. He is the first in Utah to win this award.

Darren attend the University of Utah and Weber State University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis in History. He also teaches classes on Native American History at Utah State University. His passion in life is his family, which includes his tribal family.

Darren has worked tirelessly to share the story of the Bear River Massacre as passed down through his ancestors. His great-great-great-grandfather Sagwitch Timbimboo was the chief of the tribe at the time and escaped as the horrific events unfolded.

Darren is currently working to raise funds for the Boa Ogoi Cultural Interpretive Center, which is scheduled to break ground in Spring 2021. This facility will provide an important conduit for the Shoshone perspective as to the events that happened during the Bear River Massacre. Another project dear to Darren’s heart is a recent book he published called The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History.

To contact Darren Parry for a speaking engagement, email [email protected].

2 replies
  1. Ethan Sorensen
    Ethan Sorensen says:

    Cole Watterson and I, Ethan Sorensen are Sky View High School students researching the Bear River Massacre for USU English 1010. Would you be willing to engage us in an email interview or might we call you and interview over the phone?

    • Nelda Ault
      Nelda Ault says:

      Hi Ethan, sorry that I didn’t see your comment until now! Mr. Parry’s email address is listed at the bottom of the article ([email protected]), you should directly email him, since he doesn’t see these comments. Good luck! –Nelda, CCC


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