Nez Perce Tribal Flag
The following is a written description of the Nez Perce Flag and
its origins. This document was written in the summer of 1990, by the NPTEC.
"The Tribal Flag has long been an important priority of the Nez Perce
Tribe. The Flag does provide a symbol of sovereignty and perhaps; more
importantly, of SURVIVAL! There are many Tribal Members who have supported
the concept of a Tribal Flag, both past and present. The design of
the Flag, however became more important due to an amendment to the Constitution
of the Nez Perce Tribe. The Amendment adopted in May, 1983 changed the
name from the "Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho" to the "Nez Perce
Tribe". As a result the "Logo" required to be changed.
contest was held on the date of November, 1983 to determine the new
"Logo". Various local artists did submit their conceptions of
the Logo. The present Logo was selected from the work as presented by John
Conner. The official Tribal seal using the Logo was commissioned on the date
of October, 1986.
the Logo was developed and approved, the Tribal Flag became a more pressing
concern. The first design concept was reviewed by the Budget and Finance
Sub-Committee in the Fiscal year 1988. The Tribe was also preparing to
meet the deadline of the 1990 Idaho Centennial to develop the Flag.
first design was submitted to the Budget and Finance Sub-committee in the month
of September, 1989. The design was prepared by Gordon Bennett (DOB
10-30-55), an employee of the Forestry Department. The design incorporated
the Tribal Logo and 1863 Reservation Boundaries. The 3 basic colors were
red, yellow and black. After much discussion it was decided that the 3
colors would remain the same, with red as the field.
first prototype was developed in time for the Idaho Centennial at Boise, ID
during July 1990. The first flag that is currently being dedicated was
sewn by the "Cut N Sew" Enterprise of the Coeur d' Alene Tribe."
As a part of the above document, in a hand written form.
Written by NPTEC in April of 1991. The after thought is as follows:
Tribal Flag has been displayed during the NCAI during the month of
November, 1991 as well during other functions of the Nez Perce Tribe.
Thus, it is very appropriate that the Flag is being dedicated during this
The Nez Perce Tribal Flag was dedicated on April
13, 1991 at the Pi-Nee-Waus Gym.
At the dedication ceremony NPTEC chairman, Charles
H. Hayes "Pete" gave the welcoming and the dedication.
Charles H. Hayes
"Welcome! Today is a very special day in the history of the Nez Perce Tribe.
Today we have the honor of dedicating our Tribal Flag and officially placing it
for display among the many proud flags of this country."
this time I would like to call upon Mike Penney, who was very instrumental in the
flags creation, to provide a brief historical overview of this flag."
(Mike Penny gives the
historical overview - this speech was not officially recorded)
VFW Post 10933 advance the colors?"
guard ... Attention! Right Shoulder ... Arms! Nez Perce Drum ...
Flag song please."
(Flag song and advancing
of the colors)
would like to call up Connie Evans to assist me with the unfurling and display
of the Tribal Flag."
(Color bearer lowers the
Tribal Flag. Chairman Pete and Connie Evans each grasp a corner while color
bearer turns the pike unfurling flag for display.)
"Color Guard ... Present
is hereby declared that this banner shall, from this day forward, be recognized
as the official flag of the Nez Perce Tribe. It shall be the emblem of all
who have faithfully served this Tribe. Those living today, those who have
preceded us, and especially those who gave their lives for their Tribe and
country. May it always fly proudly and free."
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