The word Nimíipuu is the indigenous term used by the tribe since time immemorial, meaning "the people"; while the term "Nez Perce" derives from French-speaking traders of the early nineteenth century who erroneously called them "Pierced Noises," a custom that was in fact seldom practiced by the Nimíipuu.



Map of Traditional Use areas of the tribe, with locations of reservations boundaries as designated by the Treaties of 1855 (medium blue shading) and 1863 (dark blue shading).


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