Nez Perce Tribe Fish and Wildlife Commission


Lapwai PHONE>    208-843-9376 ext. 4649        FAX>  208-843-7381  


The vision is to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Nez Perce Tribe, as guaranteed through the Treaty of 1855, and to ensure that the cultural heritage of our people will guide the oversight in the management of our natural resources for future generations.


  1. To develop principles, tribal code, and policies, promoting a comprehensive and cultural approach to conservation, enhancement and management of our natural resources.

  2. To establish the Commission as meaningful participants at the policy level.

  3. To provide excellent quality salmon to Nez Perce Tribal membership for ceremonial and subsistence purposes.

18-G001 Bighorn Sheep Closure Regulation Application for Request of Ceremonial Salmon 2018
18-G003 Moose Season Regulations Blank 2018 Catch Report
18-G002 Bighorn Sheep Season Regulation 18-100 Z6 Opening
  No Fish Sales Regulation


Nez Perce Tribe Fish and Wildlife Commission was officially formed and members sworn into office on September 30, 1998.  By-Laws for the Nez Perce Tribe Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Nez Perce Tribal Code establishes duties and powers of the Commission and provides that it is an advisory board to the NPTEC (which retains the ultimate authority to address these issues).  Those duties of the Commission include the following:  providing for the conservation, enhancement and management of the tribes' fish and wildlife resources and treaty rights; promulgating annual and seasonal fishing and hunting regulations; describing the manner and methods of taking fish and wildlife; the dissemination of information to the tribal public and the NPTEC; and providing ceremonial and subsistence salmon needs of the tribe.

Management of our natural resources and the strategic development of guidelines and policies for the Nez Perce Tribe involve many areas and levels of expertise.  The Commission pursued aggressive avenues and efforts to work out logistics, under the Nez Perce Treaty of 1855 and U.S. vs. Oregon, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game, ensuring tribal ceremonial and subsistence fisheries in usual and accustomed fishing sites.

In order to - completely and consistently - protect the Nez Perce Nation, representatives expressing our ideals and goals are needed in many  arenas.  This task calls for monetary support to attend necessary meetings and/or visit specific projects within our areas of jurisdiction.  In addition to funding, it must be emphasized that our roles and participation needs to be enhanced if we are to truly represent the needs of the people at the policy-level.  Currently, the activities of the commission are relegated to largely to an advisory capacity.  True policy involvement and effect upon decision making has been hampered.  This situation is due in part because of the lack of real consideration given to the Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Tribal membership when it comes to considering natural resource  issues.

TREATY BUFFALO HUNT for 2017-18: West Yellowstone hunting and North Yellowstone (formerly known as Gardiner) hunting areas are open by Office of Legal Counsel regulation through March 18 unless otherwise promulgated by the NPT. Buffalo Hunter Orientation is required for all hunters whether Hunter Orientation was taken in the past three years because of the new regulations. (Incomplete applications will not be accepted.)

FISHIERY: Commercial season for Steelhead in the Snake River Basin and its tributaries is open until closed (usually open year round). HACCP training certification is required to sell fish per allowable sales seasons regulation, and receipts or buyer are required.

Other fishing seasons will be sent to the Communications department when approved or you are welcome to contact the FWC or NPT Department of Fisheries Resources Management Conservation Enforcement department at 208-843-7143 for current hunting and fishing season regulations.


All Commissioners can be reached through their email address or through Nancy at the FWC office and a message will be relayed upon request.

FWC provides ceremonial salmon for Nez Perce Tribal ceremonies, funerals, memorials, namings, etc. Please complete the application and return it to Nancy McAllaster the FWC office for Commission approval.

Commission meetings are scheduled the second and fourth Monday of each month and special meetings are held as necessary. Meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. when held in Lapwai and 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. when held in Kamiah or Orofino. FWC meetings are open to all Nez Perce Tribal members. The first meeting of the month has only fishery agenda items, and point of privilege, and then natural resources and fishery items during the second meeting of the month. Tribal members that have hunting, fishing, gathering or tribal natural resource concerns are encouraged to attend. If tribal members cannot attend meetings and would like a concern addressed, they can direct concern via e-mail, in person, U.S. mail or by phone to the FWC office. Tribal program managers and directors are welcome to request time on a FWC meeting agenda by contacting Nancy McAllaster.

It is imperative that all levels of tribal government look to retaining and increasing the tribal jurisdiction for the benefit of the Nez Perce Tribe.

FWC Staff Member - Nancy McAllaster
Address: P.O. Box 365, 315 B Street, Lapwai, ID 83540
FWC Conference Room – 208.621-4650
Direct FWC line: 208.843-9376 ext. 4649
FAX: 208.843-7381



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