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January 2014

Nez Perce: Dr. Arthur Taylor, Nez Perce Educator and Spokesman, Walks On - The death of Dr. Arthur “Art” Taylor (Téewispel’uu) came as a shock to all who knew him. He was still a young man and a leader. A car crash took his life on November 28 at the age of 48. He was a Nez Perce tribal member and descendent of the Chief Joseph Band of Wallowa, Oregon and Chief Eagle in the Light.

Nez Perce: Fisheries Are the Lifeblood of the Nez Perce Economy - The Nez Perce Tribe has the second largest economic impact in North Central Idaho and is the third largest employer in the region. The massive fisheries program which employs upwards of 180 people is a major contributor to those statistics.

Nez Perce: Allen Paul Slickpoo Sr. - The Nez Perce Tribe offices closed their offices November 27th in honor of Allen Paul Slickpoo Sr., who died Monday. Slickpoo served as a member of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee for more than 30 years.

December 2013

Nez Perce: Idaho tribal officer acquitted of lying to FBI - A federal jury acquitted a Nez Perce Tribal police officer of lying to the FBI in a case linked to the 2011 fatal shooting of a motorist. The Lewiston Tribune reported Wednesday that Officer Trevor M. Garrett was found innocent in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene of making false statements during the investigation into Jeffrey A. Flinn’s death.

Nez Perce: Native Journalist's Memoir of Overcoming: 'Falling Into Place' - “The woman in front of me was in no shape to be on television.” With these words Hattie Kauffman opens her book Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming (Baker Books, 2013). Though the Nez Perce Tribe member who made history as the first Native American network news broadcaster in U.S. history goes on to focus not so much on her career as an Emmy–award winning storyteller as she does on the life journey that got her there—and beyond.

Nez Perce: New tribal police chief hits the ground running - Nez Perce Tribal Police Chief Dave Rogers left his job at the National Criminal Justice Training Center in Wisconsin, moved back to the area, and hit the ground running as police chief. He has 39 years of criminal justice experience with both tribal and non-tribal agencies and he's using it to move his agency forward. He’s focused on building a solid relationship with surrounding police agencies and increasing the size of his staff.

Nez Perce: How U.S. Allotment Policy Devastated Native Lands - Most individual Indian landholders do not make significant money or even a living off their trust allotments. Individual Indian landholders were allotted land under one of several allotment acts. Allotment policy required the Office of Indian Affairs to survey land, divide the land into allotments for individual Indians, and the remainder was sold by the government to U.S. citizens. The policy was designed to remove Indians from tribally managed land arrangements and grant individual ownership. Comment: For most reservations this is true; most of the Quinault Reservation, however, was created not by treaty but by Ulysses S. Grant executive order specifically to be allotted to members of the Chinook, Chehalis, Cowlitz and other "fish eating tribes" of western Washington. The original reservation that served the Quinault and Quileute tribes was only 10,000 acres. The Quinault sold all the rest, yet today exercise dominance over land their ancestors sold.

Nez Perce: With Indigenous Land on the Line, Tar Sands Protests Escalate in Idaho - Hundreds of participants have banded together in Nez Perce ancestral land and a Wild and Scenic River Corridor to the Montana border for nightly tar sands protests, including members of the Nez Perce Nation and Idle No More. Idaho Rivers United (IRU) and the Nez Perce Tribe filed a joint lawsuit in federal court in Boise, ID, to stop the megaload delivery truck carrying tar sands equipment.

Nez Perce: GE drops legal fight over running tar sands megaloads on Idaho highway - A General Electric Co subsidiary has dropped its appeal of a federal court order barring a massive shipment of tar sands oil-field equipment from being trucked along a scenic Idaho roadway that cuts through the Indian homelands of the Nez Perce Tribe.

Nez Perce: GE subsidiary backs down - Tribal representatives, environmentalists and residents along Highway 12 in Idaho celebrated something of a victory last week. General Electric subsidiary Resources Conservation Company International voluntarily withdrew an appeal of a federal court order banning the transport of oversized loads through the Clearwater-Lochsa River corridor. The months-long delay caused by the legal battle forced the company to redirect its focus, given the time sensitivity of getting its equipment to the Alberta tar sands.

Nez Perce: Family files lawsuit over man's death at hands of tribal police - The family of the man shot by Nez Perce Tribal Police in 2011 has filed a wrongful death suit against both the officer who fired the fatal shot and the former tribal police chief. In a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court, John and Mary Flinn, the father and daughter of Jeffrey A. Flinn, allege tribal officer Robert S. Wall had a duty to not use deadly force during the Nov. 12, 2011, incident with Jeffrey Flinn near Ferdinand.

October 2013

Nez Perce: Megaload issue domintes Nez Perce Tribe General Council meeting - The first day of the Nez Perce Tribe's General Council meeting is in the books, however business is far from finished. Several tribal members expressed their growing concern over the megaload issue. The Nez Perce Tribe gathers twice a year for three days straight to discuss natural resources, debate resolutions, and talk about the issues affecting the tribe. However one issue that's dominating the conversation this year is megaloads and the ongoing litigation between the tribe and United States Forest Service.

Nez Perce: 28 Nez Perce Tribal members charged after megaload protest - The charges stemmed from protests in August seeking to stop a “megaload” from traveling through the reservation. The equipment the tribal members allegedly tried to stop was to be used to treat water at an oil sands project in Canada.

Nez Perce: Young Nez Perce authors celebrate tribe with books - Ten-year-old Glory Sobotta’s favorite part of becoming a published author was writing about Appaloosa horses and the way she describes them in her poetry. The fifth-grader is one of many Lapwai Elementary students who contributed to six different bilingual books about the Nez Perce Tribe and its culture. The books were recently published with grant funding and distributed during a book-signing event in Lewiston.

Nez Perce: Idaho Nez Perce Tribe Challenges Oil Equipment Shipments Bound For Alberta - Environmentalists and the Nez Perce Tribe told a federal judge Monday he was their last hope in stopping further shipments of giant oil-field equipment from winding down an Idaho mountain highway toward Canada's tar sands. Meanwhile, a lawyer for a General Electric Co. subsidiary told U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill that the courts had no authority to interfere with the company's second 225-foot-long, 640,000-pound water evaporator, slated to travel on U.S. Highway 12 on Sept. 18.

Nez Perce: U.S. Forest Service Forbids Mega-Loads Along Highway 12 - In the wake of a federal court’s ruling requiring consultation with the Nez Perce and other tribes over the transport of mega-loads, the U.S. Forest Service has closed the federally protected scenic stretch to the humongous shipments.

Nez Perce: Tribe Considers New Manufacturing Forays - In the wake of its acquisition of 60 acres along U.S. Highway 95 in North Central Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe is considering a number of land uses, including creating manufacturing operations in the forest products, biofuels or agricultural industries.

Nez Perce: Nez Perce project blazes trail to learning - A wide gulf of time and culture separates the hunter/gather culture of the 19th century Nez Perce and the technology-driven social media culture of 21st century teenagers.

Nez Perce: ‘When You’re a Reporter, it’s Somebody Else’s Drama. Now it’s My Drama.’ - For Hattie Kauffman, finding God was easier than publicizing the book she wrote about the experience. A former CBS and ABC correspondent, Kauffman has hopped onto the promotional treadmill for ‘Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming,’ her deeply-personal first book. The PR parade is not her definition of a religious experience.

Nez Perce: Idaho’s largest rainbow won’t be official record - A monster trout caught below Dworshak Dam in July has been deemed a rainbow following DNA analysis. That makes the 28-pound, 9-ounce fish the largest rainbow trout legally caught in Idaho, according to a story by Eric Barker of the Lewiston Morning Tribune.

Nez Perce: Lunker trout a record of sorts - A monster trout legally harvested by a Lapwai man would crush the existing Idaho state record providing the fish is determined to be a pure rainbow trout. But even if a genetic test proves the fish is a rainbow and not a Kamloops, differences between state and tribal fishing rules will keep him from entering the record book.

Nez Perce: Proud of protests - Last week, I witnessed something that will forever change my life – for the better. On three successive nights, I observed men, women and children of the Nez Perce Tribe fighting for their treaty rights, fighting for our ever-fading democracy and fighting to prevent U.S. Highway 12 from becoming a permanent industrial corridor.

Nez Perce: Native American tribes gathered for Idaho Council on Indian Affairs - Five tribes from all over the State of Idaho gathered to discuss several issues, one being the megaloads that travel on the Nez Perce Reservation. Tribal leaders from both Kootenai and Shoshone-Paiut expressed their intent to stand behind the efforts of the Nez Perce, and said that history has taught a valuable lesson on the importance of standing behind something you believe in.

Nez Perce: Tribal elder drowns in Snake River trying to help grandson - A Nez Perce tribal elder was the victim of a drowning last week in the Snake River near Lewiston. The Asotin County Sheriff's Office across the river in Washington identified the victim as Elmer P. Crow Jr. According to the law enforcement agency, Crow was attempting to help his 7-year-old grandson Friday at a popular swimming area.

Nez Perce: Gaming Enterprises awards $342,000 to area schools - The Nez Perce Tribe awarded $342,000 to area schools on and off reservation lands. The education grants are funded through revenue from the gaming enterprise, and more than 35 awards were given out this year.

Nez Perce: Tribe protests megaload oil refinery shipment - Twenty protesters, including eight members of the Nez Perce Tribe, were arrested, jailed and charged with misdemeanors for disturbing the peace, after the first of two megaload shipments of oil refinery equipment was halted by a legion of protesters along U.S. Highway 12 just outside of Lewiston, Idaho.

Nez Perce: Nez Perce Leaders Arrested In Protest Over Oil Sands ‘Megaload’ - The national debate over oil development took an unusual turn on an Idaho highway early Tuesday morning. For two hours, members of the Nez Perce Tribe blocked the passage of a giant water evaporator headed for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

Nez Perce: Tribal Leaders Arrested During Four Day Idaho Blockade of Tar Sands Megaload - According to Brenda Norrell of Censored News blogspot, eight of the nine members of the Nez Perce tribal executive council in northern Idaho were arrested this past week during a peaceful but boisterous effort to prevent mega tar sands processing equipment from moving across tribal land.

Nez Perce: Federal lawsuit filed in megaloads dispute - A Native American tribe and a conservation group have filed a joint suit in federal court to halt a massive shipment of oil field equipment that traveled late Thursday through a federally protected river corridor in North Idaho.

August 2013

Nez Perce: Prosecutor seeks to limit tribal officer's defense against lying charge - A Nez Perce Tribal Police officer accused of lying to the FBI may not be able to mention the dismissal of charges against a fellow officer during his trial later this month.

Nez Perce: Reflections on Preserving Special Places - I understand your challenges. I am Nez Perce from the Pacific Northwest where the Columbia and Snake Rivers and their tributaries are heavily taxed for their hydropower, irrigation, barging and industrial uses. The dams create a series of lakes that settle out toxic substances that eventually infiltrate our fish affecting the most vulnerable people of our tribal society: our children, women of child bearing age, and our elders.

June 2013

Nez Perce-Yakama: Chief Joseph Mural Being Created at Chief Joseph School - Joe Galati, principal at Chief Joseph School in North Portland, used money the school had received from the Portland Public Schools Equity Fund, to hire Toma Villa, 35, a Native American artist from the Yakama tribe, to paint a large mural of Chief Joseph on the side of one of the school buildings.

Nez Perce: Officer will not be re-charged - Lewis County Prosecutor Zachary Pall said he was disappointed that a state judge last month dismissed a voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon charge against Officer Robert S. Wall, 31. Pall told the Lewiston Tribune this week that he has no plans to pursue the case again and respects the judge’s decision in the case.

Nez Perce: Tribal member puts grazing rights to work - A member of the Nez Perce Tribe is exercising a lesser-known treaty right to graze cattle and horses on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Joe McCormack, of Joseph, Ore., began running livestock on the northeastern Oregon forest last winter and is in the process of moving animals to summer range.

Nez Perce: Betting on a new venue - A renovated gambling area is the first thing LeAnn Rimes fans will see Saturday as the Nez Perce Tribe debuts its event center with her concert at the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge just outside Lewiston.

Nez Perce: Members vote to change per capita distributions; Parents now have option of investing payout for their children - Members of the Nez Perce Tribe's General Council voted to change policy Friday on per capita distributions from a trust settlement after pushing for the option to receive the money immediately rather than investing it. The settlement is a $34.7 million sum paid out for mismanagement of funds and accounts the U.S. government held in trust for tribes.

May 2013

Nez Perce: General Council considers gas discount for tribal members - A resolution proposed at the second day of the Nez Perce Tribe's General Council meeting would have given enrolled tribal members a 10-cents per-gallon discount on gas at the Nez Perce Express had the motion not failed by two votes.

Nez Perce: It’s time to assess use of shrinking tax dollars on lower Snake River dams - Whether we like it or not, Lewiston/Clarkston needs to engage with the larger region in an honest assessment of whether maintaining the lower Snake River dams is the best use of declining taxpayer dollars. Fishing businesses, the Nez Perce Tribe and conservation groups continue to push for their removal to benefit salmon and fishing jobs.

Nez Perce: Tribal officer's charge dropped - A voluntary manslaughter charge against a Nez Perce tribal officer accused of shooting a man during a car chase in northern Idaho nearly two years ago has been dismissed. Tribal leaders reported Monday that Magistrate Judge Stephen Calhoun dismissed the felony charge against 31-year-old Robert S. Wall on Monday.

Nez Perce: N. Idaho boy killed in accidental shooting on Nez Perce Indian Reservation - Northern Idaho authorities say an 8-year-old Lapwai boy has died after being shot in the chest on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.

Nez Perce: Remembering Redheart - Katherine Quartz of the Walker River Paiute tribe, plays a flute song titled "Waterflow" to honor the son of Little Bear during the 16th annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve on Saturday.

Nez Perce: 16th Annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony To Be Held April 20? - Members of the Nez Perce Indian Nation will present their traditional memorial ceremony on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The nearly three-hour ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 20, across 5th Street from the reconstructed Fort Vancouver.

Nez Perce: Incumbent faces three challengers for seat on tribal executive committee - Three candidates are challenging incumbent Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee member Joanna Marek for a seat on the tribe's nine-member governing board.

April 2013

Coeur d'Alene-Nez Perce: City looking for designs - The city of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission are seeking designs for tree grates and manhole covers. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. This call is open only to individuals 18 or older who live in Latah, Nez Perce, Asotin or Whitman counties, or members of the Nez Perce or Coeur d'Alene tribes.

Colville-Kalispel-Nez Perce: Tribes keep language alive - The unmistakable melody of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” filled the packed room at the Pavilion at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. A trio of women took the stage, executing the iconic dance moves as the lead singer, sequined hat, one glove and all, belted out the song. The tune was familiar but the words were not. That’s because the song was performed in Salish at the Salish Karaoke Contest on March 6 during the Celebrating Salish Conference.

Nez Perce: Nobody's Talking About Firing of Nez Perce Tribal Police Chief - Officials with the Nez Perce Tribe and their attorney are remaining tight-lipped over the firing of the tribe's chief of police.

Nez Perce: Tribe liquor law exemption heads to Idaho governor's desk - The Idaho state Senate has agreed the Nez Perce Tribe should be able to serve martinis and other cocktails when it opens a new convention center on the Clearwater River.

Nez Perce: Yellowstone bison hunt takes most since '89 - Hunters killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this season than they have in decades, with the numbers driven by strong participation from American Indians who harvest the animals under longstanding treaty rights.

Nez Perce: Nez Perce discuss proud past, bright future - Three elders of the Nez Perce Tribe told stories of veterans, continuing traditions and nostalgia for simpler times at a panel event Thursday for Native American Awareness Week at Lewis-Clark State College.

Nez Perce: Trial for former N.P. tribal police officer delayed again - The trial for Trevor M. Garrett, a Nez Perce Tribal Police Department officer who is accused of lying to the FBI, has been delayed for a second time and is now scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 23 in U.S. District Court at Coeur d'Alene. A trial was originally scheduled for a date in February, then delayed to April 2.

March 2013

Nez Perce: The port seat is for ladies only - Twenty-nine applicants were interested in the vacant Port of Seattle Commissioner’s seat, vacated by Gael Tarleton, who had left to become a state representative for the 36th District. Earlier this week, the then four current commissioners selected six finalists — all women. There are a few big names among the finalists. Only one of the finalists is a woman of color, former state senator Claudia Kauffman, who is Native American. If picked, Kauffman would be the first woman of color to have the seat.

Nez Perce: Tribal biologists using new method to combat declining steelhead - The steelhead population is of concern to many in the region, including local tribal biologists. Once a year, biologists, scientists and crew members of the Nez Perce Tribe come to the Dworshak National Fish Hatchery to bring life back into the river.

Nez Perce: Tribe's liquor plan wins narrow approval, moves to Idaho House - The Nez Perce tribe's effort to win a liquor license for its new convention center on the Clearwater River squeaked through a committee to win a full House vote.

Nez Perce: Tribal officer charged in 2011 shooting - A Nez Perce tribal police officer is charged with voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon in the November 2011 shooting death of a man after a highway chase in northern Idaho.

Nez Perce: Nez Perce Trail leaves property rights, history at odds in Missoula County - The Nez Perce National Historic Trail stretches for hundreds of miles through four states, retracing the flight of Chief Joseph and his people from the U.S. Army in 1877.

Nez Perce: Manslaughter case blindsides tribe - The Nez Perce Tribe said Friday the felony charge against a tribal police officer involved in a deadly shootout in 2011 is "unjustifiable." The tribe is "surprised and disappointed," that Lewis County intends to prosecute the case, according to a news release Friday quoting Silas Whitman, chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.

Nez Perce: Fourteen file for three seats on Nez Perce tribal panel - Fourteen tribal members have submitted their names for three open seats on the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. As of the filing deadline at 4:30 p.m. Friday, only one incumbent - Joanna F. Marek of Lapwai - will be running for re-election to the tribe's nine-member governing board.

Nez Perce: Tribe effort to gain liquor license meets resistance - The Nez Perce Tribe near Lewiston already has a beer and wine license, but now wants to sell cocktails to visitors at the facility near its existing casino on the Clearwater River as part of economic development plans. Under Idaho's strict liquor laws, the tribe needs a state exemption because its convention center and hotel are outside city limits.

Nez Perce: Tribal Executive Committee secretary no longer employed by tribe - The secretary of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee in Lapwai is no longer an employee with the tribe, after nearly three years in his position. Allen P. Slickpoo Jr., 55, was eligible for re-election in May, and the filing period for candidates on the tribe's nine-member governing board is open for another two weeks.

February 2013

Nez Perce: Jamie Olson always planned to work for Nez Perce Tribe - Leading the organization tasked with generating revenue for the Nez Perce Tribe is a job for which Jamie Olson, a tribal member and Lewis-Clark State College graduate, spent many years preparing.

Nez Perce: Tribal member indicted in slaying - Kenneth D. Broncheau, 48, of Winchester, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene for first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his mother, Carol Haskell of Winchester.

January 2013

Nez Perce: Longhouse lost to fire - An electrical malfunction was named initially as the cause of a fire that destroyed the Nez Perce longhouse south of Nespelem the day after Christmas.

Nez Perce: Tribal official sentenced for inattentive driving - A Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee member was sentenced for inattentive driving Tuesday in Lewiston's 2nd District Court, after originally being charged with misdemeanor DUI. Allen P. Slickpoo Jr., 55, serves as the executive committee's secretary. On Aug. 22, he was stopped by police for speeding and weaving in and out of lanes on the road, according to Lewiston police reports.

Nez Perce: NPTEC candidates can file Tuesday - Those seeking Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee seats will have an opportunity to file for candidacy starting Tuesday. Positions held by secretary Allen P. Slickpoo Jr. of Kamiah, member Roberta J. Bisbee of Lapwai and member Joanna F. Marek of Lapwai will be open. All NPTEC members are elected to three-year terms.

Nez Perce: Tribe exercises treaty grazing right - A Wallowa County man who is a member of the Nez Perce Tribe has begun grazing cattle in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest under a longstanding treaty right the Tribe didn't previously exercise. Joe McCormack, of Joseph, plans to exercise the right only for relatively small numbers of cattle – anywhere from 50 to around 200 animals – but the move has drawn a worried reaction from the non-tribal grazing community anyway.

Nez Perce-Umatilla: Regional fish projects receive state funds - Salmon projects in the region netted a healthy bump from the state during the latest round of grant funding. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will fix a barrier to fish passage in the north fork of the Touchet River. The Nez Perce Tribe will replace two culverts that block fish passage in Pataha Creek with bridges to benefit steelhead that use the creek.

Nez Perce: Tribe uses treaty to graze cattle - A vacant livestock allotment in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is once again being used for winter cattle grazing. A recently drafted agreement between the Nez Perce tribe and the U.S. Forest Service allows Joe McCormack, tribe member and Joseph resident, to graze cattle on an allotment vacated in 2009. However, McCormack and the tribe’s agreement with the Forest Service is not as a livestock grazing permittee, but as a reserved rights holder as detailed in the 1855 U.S./Nez Perce Treaty.

Nez Perce: Restoring An Extinct Salmon Species - The Northwest’s declining salmon runs have spurred marathon legal battles and inspired billions in spending to save the iconic species. But Idaho’s coho salmon were never listed as endangered before they went extinct in 1987. Very few people noticed when the fish were gone. The Nez Perce Tribe noticed. And thanks to its extraordinary efforts, coho are once again returning by the thousands to Idaho waters.

Nez Perce: Commissioners approve Tribe Cultural Contract at Ten Mile Bridge - Asotin County Commissioners approved an agreement allowing monitors and archeologist's permission to be on the grounds of construction for the Ten Mile Bridge. The Cultural Resources Contract with the Nez Perce Tribe provides the construction site with the necessary personnel for any potential inadvertent discovery of remains or artifacts.

October 2012

Nez Perce: Exploring History At Nez Perce National Historical Park - Whether you’re a big history buff or simply just enjoy the beauty of nature, Nez Perce National Historical Park is the perfect getaway for the whole family. Spread across parts of western Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana, the park offers 38 different sites where you can come to understand a bit about the Nez Perce tribe, see some of their sacred lands, and see how the arrival of Euro-Americans affected their lives.

Nez Perce: New study shows that Nez Perce hatchery produces salmon as productive as wild fish - Tribal biologists have followed the lead of Indian fisherman pushing supplementation of wild stocks of salmon with hatchery stocks. Previous research and genetic experiments have suggested releasing hatchery stock into the wild weakens the genetics of the wild stocks and reduces the overall productivity of the surviving fish. But a new study published this week in the journal Molecular Ecology shows that Nez Perce Tribe’s Johnson Creek Artificial Propagation Enhancement got the same reproductive success from hatchery-reared salmon that spawned with wild salmon as salmon left to spawn in the wild.

Nez Perce: In the battle to save salmon, study of Nez Perce project could recast role of hatcheries - Every year, the Bonneville Power Administration spends more than $700 million to help baby and adult salmon survive in the Columbia River and its tributaries. But the fish numbers are bleak. Research in recent years suggests hatchery fish weaken the wild stocks at the heart of the protection effort. But research published Monday commands a deeper look and could have broad implications for hatchery operations. A study in the journal Molecular Ecology found that wild chinook in a small Idaho tributary of the Columbia-Snake River system do well amid hatchery fish. Significantly, the study, conducted at the Nez Perce Tribe's Johnson Creek Artificial Propagation Project, involved hatchery fish birthed from the brood stock of wild chinook originating thereabouts.

Nez Perce: Tribe gathers to commemorate 135th anniversary of Battle of the Bear Paw - On Oct. 6, the Nez Perce people will gather in a sheltered valley south of Chinook to commemorate the 135th anniversary of one of the most dramatic and poignant episodes of the American Indian wars — the Battle of the Bear Paw.

Nez Perce: ‘Art in the Wallowa’ takes place Saturday - The annual Nez Perce “Art in the Wallowa” is Saturday, October 6, at the Wallowa Lake Lodge. For 15 years Wallowa Valley has been the site where Nez Perce Indian artists and neighboring Columbia Plateau tribal artists have gathered to share their unique intermountain Columbia Plateau art, representing the region’s colorful First People’s culture with historically representative and contemporary pieces.

Nez Perce: Chief honored in bronze - After months of running and fighting, Chief Joseph said, “Hear me, my chiefs. I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” The Expressions art gallery in Ketchum features numerous native-inspired art pieces, including bronze sculptures of noted historical figures from both the Shoshone and Nez Perce tribes.

Nez Perce: Treaty rights, health care top council agenda - Treaty rights and the consideration of returning Nez Perce health care to Indian Health Services control were the main topics of the second day of the Nez Perce fall General Council Friday. Several members of the Portland, Ore., IHS office came to the meeting to discuss the Nez Perce's self-governance health care system and take questions from the council on what would change if the tribe elected to return to IHS control.

Nez Perce: Hiring issues dominate tribal council's final day - The final day of the Nez Perce fall General Council brought a call to put all nontribal employees of the tribe on two-year contracts. The resolution, which passed by a wide margin in a voice vote, came from resolution committee chairwoman Mary Tall Bull of Kamiah and included a reinforcement of a prior resolution for all nontribal managers to begin training tribal workers to take over their jobs.

Nez Perce: Tribe's fall General Council opens Thursday in Lapwai - The first day of the Nez Perce Tribe's fall General Council meeting will end with a ceremony to welcome back members who were separated from their tribe and have since returned. The three-day meeting begins with registration at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in the Pi Nee Waus in Lapwai and the ceremony will be at 6 p.m., according to a tribal news release.

Nez Perce: Tribe, ITD start work on rest area - The Nez Perce Tribe breaks ground on a joint project with the Idaho Transportation Department today to expand the Camas Express store near Winchester to a rest area. Representatives from the tribe and the transportation department will be speaking about the project at the 1:30 p.m. event at the store along U.S. Highway 95, according to a Wednesday news release from the tribe.

August 2012

Nez Perce: Tribal Enterprise awards $380,000 to education based entities - The Nez Perce Tribal Enterprise awarded casino funds Thursday evening to local schools and entities in the region.

Nez Perce: Fallen power line ignites brush fire in Culdesac - Nearly 800 people went without electricity Tuesday afternoon after a tree branch knocked down a power line in Culdesac. According to Nez Perce Tribe Fire Management Officer Jeff Handle, a brush fire was ignited after the power line hit the ground. Fire crews were able to put the blaze out within three hours as Avista worked to restore power.

Nez Perce: $3 Million Gift From Nez Perce Tribe Supports Native American Rights Fund Advocacy - The Nez Perce Tribe recently made a hefty contribution to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) for its role in a major trust fund lawsuit. If other tribes followed suit, NARF’s ability to continue advocating for tribal rights could be enhanced, a key official said. John Echohawk, NARF executive director, recognized the Nez Perce for their contribution of $3 million to the organization, announced July 30. Echohawk said NARF understands “it’s the largest single donation, from what we can remember here.”

Nez Perce: Tribal station expands broadcast - A non-commercial radio station owned and operated by the Nez Perce Tribe started broadcasting to a larger area of the Nez Perce Reservation on July 26. The radio station is 88.7 FM KIYE and is a noncommercial/educational-focused radio station. It is located within the Wa-A-Yas Community Center in Kamiah.

Nez Perce: Julia Keefe Brings Mildred Bailey Back To New York - Two performances in New York City by jazz vocalist Julia Keefe (Nez Perce) will continue her campaign seeking the induction of Mildred Bailey (Coeur d'Alene) into the Neshui Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center.

Nez Perce: Idaho tribal members to get $8,600 each from fed settlement - The Nez Perce Tribe says each of its members will receive about $8,600 as part of a settlement with the federal government over mismanagement of tribal money and trust lands. A notice on the tribe's website says members who met a July 18 deadline to apply for the funds should receive their checks by Tuesday. Tribal members have until July 2013 to apply or risk forfeiting their settlement share.

July 2012

Nez Perce: White Bird Battlefield poignant setting for tribe - The first battle of the 1877 Nez Perce War occurred June 17 at Idaho's White Bird Battlefield. Tribal members gathered there last month to mark the 135th anniversary.

Nez Perce: Fort Lapwai layout from 1862 still evident on Nez Perce land at Lapwai, Idaho - Lapwai, Idaho, is the headquarters of the Nez Perce tribe. The town is on U.S. 95, bout 15 miles southeast of Lewiston. It is similar in many ways to Warm Springs, the tribal center in Oregon for the Warms Springs tribes. Warm Springs does have a casino now, while the Nez Perce casino is five miles outside Lapwai on the Clearwater River. Lapwai has a gas station, grocery store and restaurant, all used by tribal members but also by travelers.

Nez Perce: Former Nez Perce Tribe officer sentenced for misusing government credit card, pawning firearms - A former Nez Perce Tribe conservation officer will serve five months in prison for misusing his government credit card and pawning two duty firearms then lying about it. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 34-year-old Douglas R. Bisbee of Lapwai was also ordered Monday to pay nearly $16,000 in restitution.

Nez Perce: Nez Perce gather in Oregon for annual Tamkaliks celebration next weekend - The 22nd Nez Perce tribal gathering in Oregon, called Tamkaliks Celebration ("from where you can see the mountains"), takes place next weekend just outside of Wallowa on a 320-acre event site. Friday evening is dedicated to social dancing; Saturday morning has a horse parade, followed in the afternoon and evening with competitive dancing; Sunday's 11 a.m. friendship feast concludes with championship dancing. The free event is open to all visitors.

Nez Perce: Spalding Visitor Center key stop in Idaho's Nez Perce National Historical Park - The key stop in understanding the historic plight of the Nez Perce tribe is the National Park Service visitor center at Spalding, Idaho. This is a different kind of park than most Americans are familiar with, in that it lacks formal boundaries. It has no campgrounds, though state and federal parks are often nearby where camping is allowed. Instead, it includes 38 far-flung locations of significance to the Nez Perce tribe. Most are in Idaho, but others are in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Montana.

Nez Perce: Sheep Rancher’s Choral Piece Honors Nez Perce History - “Nez Perce: Promises,” written by Carey sheep rancher Diane Josephy Peavey and Boise composer David Alan Earnest, follows on the heels of a work the chorale commissioned to commemorate Lewis and Clark’s expedition through Idaho.

Nez Perce: Grounds in Wallowa await annual Oregon celebration - While driving home to Portland after a stop at Hells Canyon, we took time to hike the trail up Tick Hill in Wallowa. This is part of 320 acres the Nez Perce tribe owns in what was a vast area of ancestral lands. The tribe invites visitors to the site for the annual Tamkaliks Celebration, coming July 20-22.

Nez Perce: Winchester man charged in tribal court with the murder of his mother - Kenneth D. Broncheau, 47, was formally charged today in Nez Perce Tribal Court for the murder of his mother, Carol A. Haskell, 66, at their Winchester home Thursday. Broncheau was charged with murder, aggravated arson and domestic violence. He is accused of shooting Haskell and setting her body on fire.

June 2012

Nez Perce: Police and FBI investigate alleged murder & arson in Winchester - The Nez Perce Tribal Police and FBI are currently investigating a suspected homicide and arson that took place Thursday night in Winchester. Nez Perce Tribal Police Chief Leslie Hendrick has released little information at this time but said the suspect is being held on multiple charges.

Nez Perce: Archaeologists, volunteers work to solve Nez Perce trail mystery - In 1877 a band of Nez Perce Indians slipped from the Absaroka Mountains onto the prairie, eluding the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry in hot pursuit. Led by archaeologists from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, a team of volunteers set out recently to carefully walk several miles of terrain near the Absaroka Front, hoping to find artifacts that might pinpoint the route taken by the Nez Perce during their 1877 flight.

Nez Perce: N. Idaho tribe approves gillnet use in Clearwater to catch spring chinook - The Nez Perce Tribe in northern Idaho has approved a commercial fishing season allowing gillnets on the Clearwater River for spring chinook. The fishery runs from the river's mouth at Lewiston to the tribe's 1863 boundary near Kooskia.

Nez Perce: Chief Joseph Memorial Powwow honors veterans and elders - The Nez Perce Tribe hosted a Pow Wow Saturday that brought in a crowd from around the area to reflect and celebrate. The Chief Joseph and Warriors Memorial Powwow is in honor of those lost in the Nez Perce War of 1877 led by Chief Joseph.

Nez Perce: Power outage at casino part of maintenance - A planned power outage was the reason the Clearwater River Casino closed temporarily earlier this week. The casino didn't operate between 11 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday while Clearwater Power hooked up a new transformer, said Darren Williams, staff attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe.

Nez Perce: Tribes from around the region celebrate Elder Day - The Nez Perce Tribe and the Nez Perce Tribal Gaming Commission came together Friday to celebrate their elders from surrounding communities. Every year the Nez Perce Tribe hosts Elder Day to recognize the importance of tribal elders from local and surrounding reservations.

Nez Perce: New tipis set up at Joseph interpretive site - “The best way to be in a tipi is to lie down on your back in the middle and look through the top,” said tipi artist Kevin Peters. Peters is Nez Perce and has worked as the curator at the Nez Perce National Historic Park in Spalding, Idaho.

May 2012

Nez Perce-Umatilla-Warm Springs-Yakama: Treaty tribes dedicate final replacement fishing site - On April 25, 2012, representatives from four tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Army Corps of Engineers all stood by the Columbia River to mark the end of a construction project both useful and symbolic. It was the completion of the 31st -- and final -- fishing access site on the river, giving tribes the ability to use their traditional fishing grounds and village sites, which they had lost access to due to dams on the river.

Nez Perce: Former tribal employee's lawsuit is rejected - A Nez Perce Tribal Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former employee against the tribe, stating it is immune to such actions. Judy K. Oatman, of Kamiah, alleged her civil rights were violated and the tribal human resource manual was not adhered to when she was asked to resign as Tribal Employments Rights Ordinance director or face termination on March 4, 2011.

Nez Perce: Learn how to set up a tipi at Interpretive Exhibit Grounds - The Wallowa Nez Perce Homeland Project is presenting a demonstration on the correct way to set up a tipi as part of its Nez Perce educational program series at the Interpretive Exhibit Grounds in Joseph, Memorial Day May 28 at 1 p.m.

Nez Perce: Regulations could change for Tribal Executive Committee - Regulations could change for residents who live within the boundaries of the 1855 treaty who wish to run for the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. Nez Perce Tribal members will begin discussing the expansion Thursday during the tribe's spring General Council meeting at Pi Nee Waus in Lapwai. Tribal members will vote Saturday on the resolution.

Nez Perce: County, tribe cooperating on walking path in Lapwai area - An agreement between the Nez Perce Tribe and Nez Perce County will fund a $700,000 Lapwai-area walking path. The county commissioners voted unanimously Monday to enter into the intergovernmental agreement, in which the tribe will allocate $732,420 in grant funding toward the path from the Lapwai city limits north to Red Duck Lane along U.S. Highway 95.

Nez Perce: Former tribal officer pawned duty firearms - A former Nez Perce Tribe conservation officer who has pleaded guilty to using his government credit card to buy $20,000 in gasoline for his personal vehicle and vehicles belonging to relatives and friends is now acknowledging he lied about pawning two duty firearms in 2006.

Nez Perce: Chief Joseph Carried the Star of Ashur - Once again, Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain, Chief Joseph amazes us with one of his belongings, and this time, it is not Chief Joseph’s Assyrian cuneiform tablet, but the Star of Ashur insignia he amazingly carried on his bag.

April 2012

Nez Perce: Community celebrates Appaloosa Express expansion - Community members gathered Monday morning to celebrate the grand opening of a new facility for the Nez Perce Tribe's Appaloosa Express transit system. It took a substantial amount of time, work and money, but it was all worth it for the Nez Perce Tribe's Appaloosa Express Transit system who celebrated the opening of their new bus facility.

Nez Perce: Jazz Vocalist Julia Keefe ‘Just Likes to Sing’ - Julia Keefe has been singing and entertaining audiences since she was six years old. Now 23, and graduating from college this May, she’s already amassed a wealth of experience performing on stage and has a background that is sure to carry her far in the music world. An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Julia was born in Seattle, the daughter of Tom Keefe and Jo Ann Kauffman. She comes from a line of very successful women. Her mother is president of Kauffman and Associates, her aunt is Hattie Kauffman, a CBS news reporter, and another aunt, Claudia, was the first Native American woman to serve in the Idaho Senate.

Nez Perce: Chief Red Heart Ceremony - Hundreds gathered Saturday for the annual Nez Perce Chief Red Heart Memorial Ceremony at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Nez Perce: Culturally significant fish reintroduced into Wallowa River - Descendants of former Wallowa County residents returned last week when the Nez Perce Tribe released 40 lamprey into the Wallowa River. On April 5, Elmer Crow of the Nez Perce Tribe along with Jeff Yanke, Enterprise district fish biologist for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, released lamprey at confluence of the Wallowa and Minam rivers and downriver at the Minam State Park campground.

Nez Perce: River of No Return - Working with the Nez Perce Tribe in Central Idaho, wolf biologist Isaac Babcock spent 13 years participating in the wolf reintroduction program organized in the area. Wanting to share the raw beauty of the land and the wolves with his new wife, Bjornen, Isaac proposes spending a year there as an unconventional honeymoon, documenting their days as they go along. River of No Return tells their story, the story of a couple that took on the wilderness and all its challenges. The two have come to treasure their experience in an untamed place that, for a period of time, they called home. River of No Return premieres April 18, 2012.

Coeur d'Alene-Nez Perce: Tribes To Collect Millions In Federal Settlement - Idaho's Nez Perce Tribe is set to collect as much as $34 million as part of a federal agreement to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of tribal lands and funds. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe will receive $18 million as part of the settlement.

Nez Perce: Tribe fires health clinic manager - Alexis Walker, Nimiipuu Health human resources manager, told the Tribune about high turnover at the clinic, which has burned through 15 managers in the past 14 years. On Tuesday, the same day the Tribune published the interview, Walker said she was fired, making her the 16th manager to leave in 14 years.

March 2012

Nez Perce: Tribe's equestrian link - More than a decade after its inception and in the recent wake of a not-so-glowing documentary film, the Nez Perce Horse Registry has gone from a galloping start to a tentative trot. But tribal officials said they remain dedicated to ensuring both the registry and a young horseman's program as a means of embracing the Nez Perce Tribe's equestrian past.

Nez Perce: 1 officer cleared, 1 charged in shooting - A Nez Perce Tribal Police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a Lewiston man, but one of his colleagues could be in trouble.

Nez Perce: Tribe to receive settlements from lawsuits - The Nez Perce Tribe announced Friday it will receive $33.6 million for settlement of two lawsuits it filed in 2006 against the federal government.

Nez Perce: Minimal bison migration has tribal hunters turning to elk - A mild winter has slowed bison movement out of Yellowstone National Park this winter, meaning tribal and state hunters have had few opportunities to shoot the shaggy beasts. As a result, Nez Perce tribal members who have driven hundreds of miles from Idaho to hunt bison have chosen instead to shoot elk outside the park's northern boundary near Gardiner, as allowed under their treaty rights, rather than go home with no meat.

Nez Perce: Idaho wolf numbers drop again - Idaho wolf numbers have dropped for the second year in a row. According to a 2011 annual summary of wolf monitoring conducted by the Nez Perce Tribe and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the wolf population is estimated at 746 animals in 101 packs statewide. That's down from 777 wolves at the end of 2010 and down from an estimated peak of 856 wolves at the end of 2009.

Nez Perce: Port of Lewiston may soon get a makeover - An expansion of the Port of Lewiston may soon be underway if a permit is approved by the Nez Perce Tribe's government consultation committee.

Nez Perce: Wilfred Scott Devotes His Life to Navy, Tribe, and Native Culture - Some people just seem destined to serve. Wilfred “Scotty” Scott is one of those. He served 20 years in the United States Navy, then nearly 40 more years in tribal leadership with the Nez Perce Tribe, most of those years coordinating cultural memorials and blessings while assisting long time friend Horace Axtell.

Nez Perce: N. Idaho tribe breaks ground on casino expansion - The Nez Perce Tribe in northern Idaho has broken ground on a $16 million expansion of the Clearwater River Casino.

Nez Perce: Idaho Men Sentenced for Defacing Pictographs - Two Idaho men have been sentenced to federal prison and fines of more than $33,000 each for defacing ancient American Indian pictographs near Hells Gate State Park. Freddie Bernal and Tyler Carlson, both of Coeur d'Alene, were convicted of willful injury or depredation of U.S. property, by spray-painting marijuana-themed graffiti over the pictographs, estimated to be 2,500 years old. The site at the Red Elk Rock Shelter is of cultural and spiritual significance to the Nez Perce Tribe. Repairs will be made, but according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, it's unlikely that the pictographs can be fully restored.

Nez Perce: Tribe, ITD to build rest stop on Winchester Grade - The Nez Perce Tribe and the Idaho Transportation Department will partner to build a rest stop at the top of the Winchester Grade at the Camas Express convenience store. Anthony Johnson of the tribe's research and development department said Monday no start date has been set for the project because of winter weather.

Nez Perce: Casino expansion ceremony is Friday - The Nez Perce Tribe will break ground on a $10 million expansion to the Clearwater River Casino at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the casino event center. The expansion will replace the existing event center and extend the gaming floor at the casino, located four miles east of Lewiston, along U.S. Highway 12/95.

February 2012

Nez Perce: Program on farming, ranching set for Saturday - A farming and ranching program will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Nez Perce National Historical Park in Spalding. The program will feature presentations by Kent Meacham, Dick Wittman and Dan Wilson. They all grew up in multigenerational farm and ranch families. The moderator will be Brian McCormack, an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and president of McCormack Landscape Architecture.

Nez Perce: Horace Axtell – World War II Vet and Ceremonial Leader - Horace Axtell is known as “Uncle” to virtually everyone on the Nez Perce Reservation, a sign of both respect and affection. He conducts memorial services, blessings, funerals, and various other occasions where he is asked. But his story dates long before that, back to World War II where he served in the U.S. Army, and to even earlier as a child.

Nez Perce tribal members get per capita payments - All Nez Perce tribal members received a $200 per capita distribution last week - the second one issued by tribal government since September. "It's kind of a win-win," Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Vice-Chairman Larry Greene said.

Nez Perce: Tribe seeks liquor license law change - The Nez Perce Tribe is hoping to get a bill passed by the Idaho Legislature as part of its efforts to obtain a liquor license for a $10 million expansion at the Clearwater River Casino.

January 2012

Nez Perce: Clearwater River Casino plans expansion - Plans are being finalized for the expansion of the Clearwater River Casino. "Overall, the goal is to bring more customers in," said Nez Perce Tribal Committee Treasurer Joel Moffett. "Provide them with a better experience, a more exciting experience and hope that they will stay a while."

Nez Perce: Alaska sets a path that Idaho may follow to manage wolves, bears - If you want to see the logical progression for Idaho’s wolf management look north to Alaska. Idaho is hoping to reduce wolf numbers in the Lolo region through the use of aerial gunning and hiring trappers to kill wolves. Alaska has already gone there even allowing wolf pups to be gassed in their dens and hunters to shoot wolves from airplanes. Still the big question will be whether they kill the wolves where they are the biggest problem, namely the Lolo. Curt Mack, who manages wolves for the Nez Perce Tribe knows that area very well. Overall, the state's wolf population has stabilized, he said.

Nez Perce: Tribe is working with other agencies to ensure survival of the struggling lamprey - Elmer Crow likes to joke and smile, but he turns serious as he approaches a pair of tanks at the Nez Perce Tribal Fish Hatchery containing a few hundred adult lamprey. "These guys are elders," says the Nez Perce man while preparing to lift one of the tank lids. "Even though they don't wear the same suit as we do, they are people."

Nez Perce: Tribe's gaming donations to education double since last year - Donations to local education from Nez Perce tribal gaming is on the rise. The 2011 donations have more than doubled since last year to more than $284,000.

Nez Perce: Tribal gaming generates $284K for schools - The Nez Perce Tribe has given about $284,000 in gambling proceeds to schools in northern Idaho, including $150,000 to schools in Nez Perce County. The tribe's gambling compact with the state requires it to give 5 percent of net gambling proceeds to schools. The tribe takes applications for the money, giving priority to programs at on-reservation schools. Since 2004, the tribe has distributed almost $2.5 million to schools throughout the region.

Nez Perce: Meet 10-Year-Old Xavier Guillory, Nez Perce Track and Field Star - Xavier Guillory returned from the National Track and Field Championships held in Wichita, Kansas last summer with a medal in the 800 meter finals with a 7th place finish in a field of 45 runners. He also finished 13th in the 400 meters out of a field of 38 of the best runners in the nation in his age bracket. The top eight finishers in each event won medals. Xavier is an enrolled Nez Perce tribal member and the son of Raphael and Gloria Guillory, both Nez Perce tribal members who now live in Spokane. His dad, Dr. Raphael Guillory, is a professor at Eastern Washington University (E.W.U.), his alma mater. Xavier is also an excellent student. "We heavily emphasize the education end,” his dad says. “I think the academic side is the more important." Good advice for all young athletes.

Nez Perce: The Nez Perce Tribe, A Navajo, and a Cultural Renaissance - Janet Kern, a white Scottish woman, sat among a circle of 300 tribe members at one of the Nez Perce reservations in Spokane, Wash. The Nez Perce community is primarily located in Lapwai, Idaho, of the Pacific Northwest. They have been recognized for centuries as one of America’s greatest horse tribes. Kern is a documentary journalist who is on the brink of completing her film on the Nez Perce, called "Horse Tribe." Due to struggles with funding and constant story development, the film has been 10 years in the making. "It's a 21st century story about an ancient culture," she said.

Nez Perce: Northern Idaho couple sues Nez Perce Tribe and federal government over land survey - A northern Idaho couple claims the Nez Perce Tribe is wrong in attempting to reclaim property that has been in their family's possession for more than a century, according to a federal lawsuit. LeRoy and Katherine Howell filed the complaint lawsuit Tuesday against the tribe and the head of the U.S. Department of Interior. According to the lawsuit, the couple alleges the federal government conducted a land survey in 2005 that usurped five tracts of property the Howells have claimed since 1895. They want a federal judge to declare the survey invalid and grant them a title to the land.

December 2011

Nez Perce: Northern Idaho couple sues Tribe and federal government over land survey - A northern Idaho couple claims the Nez Perce Tribe is wrong in attempting to reclaim property that has been in their family's possession for more than a century. The property line runs through land where the couple owns and operates a quarrying operation, wrecking yard and heavy equipment service. An official with the Nez Perce Tribe said the land is held in trust for the tribe by the U.S. government.

Nez Perce: The value of truth about wolves - Fish and Game in collaboration with the Nez Perce Tribe conducts year-end wolf counts and releases an annual estimate. According to their findings, the wolf population in Idaho peaked in 2008 at 846 wolves. It has been in decline since.

Nez Perce: A Year In Books: Telling Me Something I Didn't Know - My interest in Western history brought me to Elliott West's The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story which offered up heartbreaking detail about another grim chapter in the history of our nation's treatment of the American Indian.

Nez Perce: Let’s stop defending failure in the Columbia Basin - In the Northwest, salmon mean business; this is more than a conservation issue. The federal government has failed to meet its own wild salmon protection and recovery goals again and again, despite spending billions of dollars along the way. Clearly it’s time for a different approach.

Nez Perce: 3 tribal officers remain on leave as probe into shooting death of N. Idaho man continues - 46-year-old Jeffery Allen Flinn of Lewiston died following a 50-mile car chase that ended in gunfire on Nov. 12. Tribe attorney Darren Williams confirmed that three officers involved in the shooting remain on administrative leave.

Nez Perce: Hatchery strategy pays big dividends for Snake River fall chinook, raises big questions for Northwest - The Nez Perce see potential for Snake River fall chinook to be the first of the 13 runs protected under the Endangered Species Act in the Columbia Basin to actually make it off the list.

Nez Perce and Salish-Kootenai: Hundreds of bison marked for death this winter - 700 Yellowstone bison to be slaughtered or moved.

Coeur d'Alene-Nez Perce: Public TV series tells little-known history of American Indians

Nez Perce: Diverse Group Makes Bison Management Recommendations

Nez Perce: ‘Super pack’ not in Idaho, officials say: Wolf pack photo taken in Canadian national park

Nez Perce: Plateau Center faculty member wins with short story

November 2011

Nez Perce: Exhibit Traces Horse's Impact on Tribal Life

Nez Perce: Federal judge Redden taking himself off the salmon case

Nez Perce: Idaho Tribal Employee Abuses Credit Card Priviledges

Nez Perce: Jury convicts former tribal employee of stealing from federal government

Nez Perce: Salmon advocates want judge’s help

Nez Perce: Salmon groups ask Redden to push settlement talks

Nez Perce: Learning lessons through heritage

Nez Perce, Salish and Kootenai, Shoshone Bannock and Umatilla: Montana's 3-month bison season under way; hunting allowed in Gardiner Basin for first time

Nez Perce: One dead after chase in northern Idaho ends in gunfire

Nez Perce: Nez Perce Co. Deputies chase suspected car thief to county lines

Nez Perce: Non-Yakama parents say tribal ruling denies them custody, visitation rights

Nez Perce: Basketball organizer is taking a novel approach

Nez Perce: A history of American wolves, Part I

Nez Perce: Regional forester to leave Missoula for D.C. appointment

Nez Perce: Tribe shares views with Forest Service officials

Nez Perce: Song written in rehab wins recognition for teen

Nez Perce: FS Lauds New Idaho Bridge's Environmental Benefits

Nez Perce: TEAM-WORKS Academy Builds Mind, Body and Character

October 2011

Nez Perce: Housing Authority Receives $240K HUD Grant

Nez Perce: Dying of a broken heart

Nez Perce: Vaccine for bighorn sheep still 10 years away

The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (Pivotal Moments in American History) [Paperback]: This volume in Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom.
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