Tzó-Nah is a Shoshone-Bannock Indian. She is an accomplished businesswoman, author, philosopher, educator, and philanthropist who attributes her success in life today because of the strong traditional values given by her parents.
Tzó-Nah’s parents are Edward Boyer and Olive May Burns. Her great-great grandfather is Chief Tahgee (Targhee), Head Chief who signed the Shoshone Bannock Treaty with the Federal Government which created the Fort Hall Indian Reservation for the Bannock Indians. Her great grandfather is Chief Tah-mon-mah (War Jack), the last surviving war chief from the Bannock War of 1898 and the Sheepeater Campaign of 1881, which took place in the wilderness of Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains.
Over five hundred years ago, before the arrival of the white spirited sons to the American continents, seven groups fled the Aztec Nation in search of freedom from oppression of sacrificial practices. These groups are the Shoshone Nation which include the Hopi, Shoshone, Bannock, Paiute, Ute, Comanche, and Mission Indians. Western linguists trace their relationships to one another by the Uto-Aztecan “root” in the native languages. Tzó-Nah is from the most Northern “sprout” of the seven groups.
Tzó-Nah is a native scientist, western trained in physics at Boise State University and astrophysics through a grant from The National Science Foundation in "spectroscopy" at Kitt Peak National Observatory. As an educator, she has co-taught at the high school and college level courses such as The Relationship Between the Federal Government and the American Indian and American Indian Philosophy and Ecology. The author of I Am Joseph, The Instruction, Tzó-Nah is currently working on her second book, An American Philosophy for Modern Times. She lives in aboriginal territory in the Boise, Idaho area.