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Nez Perce
Expedition Culture Geography People Maps Nature
  Self Determination and Sovereignty
Sovereignty: Underlying Legal Principles
Fisheries Resources Management
Natural Resources Management
Cultural Resource Program
Contemporary Artists: Continuities
Contemporary Artists: Fusions
Language Program and Some Lessons
Horse Program
Acknowledgements and Cultural Property
Cultural Property Rights Agreement

  Native American
  Oral Traditions along the Clearwater and Snake Rivers
Coyote and the Swallowing Monster
Territory of the Nimíipuu
Seasonal Round: Winter into Summer
Seasonal Round: Summer into Winter
Horse in Nimíipuu Culture
Growing Up Nimíipuu: Family and Community Life
Growing Up Nimíipuu: Headmen and Leadership
To Sing and Dance: In the Past
To Sing and Dance: In the Present
Spiritual Life
Traditional Clothing Styles and Appearance
Céexstem: Dice Game

  Smallpox and Disease
Missionaries and Christianity
Fur Trade
Treaties and the Dawes Act
Treaty of 1855
Treaty of 1863
Conflict of 1877

Web Links

  1. Wolf Education and Research Center

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Aaron Miles, Manager of the Natural Resources Department, discusses the Nimíipuu use of fire (as a cultural, spiritual and biological practice) as a means for sound resource management. (Interviewed by Rodney Frey, November 2001)

The Department of Natural Resources Management, like the Department of Fisheries Resources Management, has a vital mission in restoring, protecting and perpetuating the health and well-being of all the plant and animal populations within Nimíipuu country, as well as the cultural heritage of the Nimíipuu themselves. Among the many programs administered under the Department of Natural Resources are the Cultural Resources, Environmental Restoration and Waste Management, Forestry, Land Services, Water Resources and Wildlife divisions.

The Wolves

One of the Wildlife Program initiatives is the Wolf Recovery Project. The Tribe has been given the unique opportunity in managing the Gray wolf recovery under the Endangered Species Act. In 1995-96 thirty five Gray wolves were brought from the Alberta and British Columbia regions into Idaho. Under the stewardship of the Tribe just under 250 wolves now thrive in Idaho. While there have been fewer depredations on livestock, various non-tribal governmental agencies continue to take lethal action against these wolf packs. In one effort to help insure wolf survival, the Tribe has used an extensive network of volunteers to travel to flocks of sheep in order to set up solar powered electric fences to protect sheep at night. The Nez Perce Tribe will continue to work toward the day when the wolf will be removed from the endangered species list.

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Aaron Miles, Manager of the Natural Resources Department, discusses the Wolf Recovery Program. (Interviewed by Rodney Frey, November 2001)

The Wolf

As with the salmon, because of the integral role the wolf has played in the Nimíipuu way of life, especially in a spiritual way, when the wolf or the salmon is endangered, the people themselves become endangered. The welfare of these fish and animals is a direct reflection on the heath and welfare of the Nimíipuu people.

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