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Nez Perce Tribe Supports Simpson Leadership on Columbia Basin Initiative

Lapwai, ID – The Nez Perce Tribe will offer its strongest support for Congressman Mike Simpson’s newly-announced Columbia Basin Fund initiative.  Restoring the lower Snake River and recovering salmon, steelhead, and lamprey has been the enduring vision of the Tribe for decades – a vision naturally arising from the geography of the Nez Perce homeland […]

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Nez Perce Tribe Agrees to 2019-2021 Spill Operations Agreement for Mainstem Columbia and Lower Snake River Dams

Agreement Increases Certainty of Beneficial Fish Operations and Sets Aside Litigation During the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Remand Period   Tribe Continues to Focus on Ensuring Full Analysis of Lower Snake River Dam Breaching Lapwai, Idaho – Oregon, Washington, and the Nez Perce Tribe have reached agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, […]

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Nez Perce Tribe to Sign Title IV-E Agreement with State of Idaho

After years of meeting and negotiating, the State of Idaho (State) and the Nez Perce Tribe(Tribe), will officially sign an agreement granting the Tribe eligibility under Title IV-E of theSocial Security Act. The agreement will integrate systems between the Tribe and the IdahoDepartment of Health and Welfare. Title IV-E of the Social Security Act provides […]

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The Science of Condor Breeding Meets Up With a Nez Perce Ceremony

Boise, Idaho- The Peregrine Fund boasts the largest California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) breeding facility, which is only 1 of 4 in the nation. The Fund anticipates their first condor chick of the year to hatch from its 57 day incubation cycle this Monday, April 9th, 2018.  In honor of the occasion the World Center for […]

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TUNNEL POND FREE FISHING DAY IN OROFINO MARCH 31, 2018

Orofino, Idaho — The Nez Perce Tribe will open the fishing season at Tunnel Pond with its annual Free Fishing Day event for the general public on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  A reduced limit of three fish per person for the Free Fishing, Opening Day event will be in […]

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Tunnel Pond Opening Day Event Cancelled

Orofino, Idaho- In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) has decided to cancel the previously scheduled Saturday, March 28, 2020 Tunnel Pond Opening Day, Free Fishing Event. This decision was made to meet the recommendations of avoiding large crowds.   Tunnel Pond will open for regular fishing season on Wednesday, […]

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Nez Perce Tribe’s Water Rights Administration Code Approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior

Lapwai, Idaho – On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) approved the Nez Perce Tribal Water Rights Administration Code after completing its required review.  Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, contacted Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) Chairman, Shannon Wheeler personally to relay this development.  The Nez Perce Tribe’s (Tribe) […]

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Nez Perce Tribe Files Petition Challenging Oregon Water Quality Certification of Hells Canyon Complex Hydroelectric Project

Lapwai, ID — On July 23, 2019, the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) filed a challenge to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (ODEQ) May 24, 2019, Clean Water Act § 401 certification for Idaho Power Company’s Hells Canyon Complex Hydroelectric Project (Hells Canyon Complex). The petition was filed in Oregon’s Marion County’s Circuit Court. Located […]

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