Policies Concerning the Nez Perce
The Nez Perce Tribe has become actively involved with the EPA, DOE, and USDA to create sound developmental policies that compliment the traditional Nez Perce way of life with a bit of modern technology. Energy developments have included solar panel construction as well as bio-diesel programs in order to create more efficient and less harmful forms of energy production. Working with the USDA, the Nez Perce Tribe has been establishing programs that concern waste management policies and agricultural practices. Arguably the most profound bilateral action has concerned environmental protection.
Focusing on what matters most, the Nez Perce have eagerly participated in developing the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. In doing so they have been able to keep track of their most precious resources of all - the water and salmon. Settlements such as the Nez Perce Water Rights Settlement have allowed more freedom and jurisdiction over a territory that once belonged to no single body of people, but an entire community of both the living and non-living. Although there is still much work to be done, progress is on the rise.
The main focus concerning health for the Nez Perce is education. A major initiative has been taken by an organization called Tribal Connections, which hopes to raise communication, education, and support within both the medical community and American Indian community. Once education about the health concerns has been spread, each tribe may work towards confronting them. A major step being taken by the Nez Perce has been the waste management initiative and the initiative to revitalize salmon populations. By gaining success in these two areas the Nez Perce will have clean water to drink, clean land on which to live, and a regrowth of a dietary source, not to mention a revitalization of a cultural symbol.
To further investigate policies made on issues concerning the Nez Perce, follow the links below.
Policy Resources Concerning the Nez Perce
Resources containing information about the policies concerning the Nez Perce
- Idaho Civil Rights Program: American Indian Emphasis Program (AIEP). This site provides an introduction to the American Indian Emphasis Program, which provides sound program practices in administering the Idaho Civil Rights Program. (more info)
- Idaho Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. The purpose of this web page is to make the Idaho Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) available to all interested parties. (more info)
- Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility Study. This document is the product of the US Army Corps of Engineers' (Corps) efforts to involve the Pacific Northwest Tribal region in the development of the Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility Report/Environmental Impact Statement (FR/EIS). (more info)
- Native American Community Teaching and Demonstration Garden Nez Perce Reservation, Nez Perce County, Lapwai, Idaho. This site provides information on a USDA research project. (more info)
- Report for 2001ID4541B: Integrated Drinking Water Protection on the Clearwater Plateau of Idaho, including the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation. This resource is a report of conference proceedings dealing with the establishment of a community-directed water resource protection plan on the Clearwater Plateau, within the Nez Perce Tribe Indian Reservation. (more info)
- The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. This site provides information about the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and its activities in conserving salmon habitats. (more info)
- The Nez Perce Water Rights Settlement . This resource contains links to pertinent documents on the Nez Perce Water Rights Settlement. (more info)
- Tribal Connections . This site serves as a portal to American Indian/Alaska Native health and other informational resources. Topics of interest include education, training, government, health news, grants, projects, funding, and eHealth information. (more info)
- Tribal Energies Program: Biodiesel Pilot Project. This site provides a project summary of Nez Perce Tribal involvements with biodiesel energy productions. ( This site is likely no longer available. )