Nez Perce Territory
Nez Perce Department of Natural Resources
Nez Perce Perspectives
To further their stewardship of the land the Nez Perce Tribe has entered into numerous Memorandums of Understanding [MOUs] with state and federal agencies. The agreements enable tribal employees to carry out environmental protection programs across the entire 1855 treaty area, while at the same time provide federal agencies an effective way to carry out some of their most difficult assignments.
In these agreements, the tribe provides a specific service in exchange
for a fee from the sponsoring federal agency. MOUs have led to the restoration
of tribal fishing, hunting, and camping privileges in state and federal forests
on ancestral Nez Perce lands. They have also created a dialogue between the
tribe and government on how best to regulate land use and wildlife habitats.
Through these contracts, the Nez Perce have fulfilled their obligations to the
local environment and built bridges to the local non-Indian community.
Wildlife Mitigation Agreement for Dworshak Dam, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the State of Idaho, 1992.