Núun Lilóoycix! Welcome and thank you for your interest in Nez Perce resource management!
The Nez Perce Tribe, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, has initiated development of an Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) intended to provide programmatic guidance for management of our cultural and natural resources within the Nez Perce Reservation. This website is devoted to sharing information on this important project with all stakeholders, including members of the Tribe and general public.
The Tribe has long recognized a growing need and responsibility to manage our cultural and natural resources in a comprehensive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary manner, affording protection for a broad range of values through sustainable management. The IRMP will provide guidance regarding our cultural and natural resources and treaty-reserved rights within the Nez Perce Reservation and our multiple interests in and values regarding resource utilization and protection. The specific purpose of IRMP development is to facilitate the responsible management of cultural and natural resources within the Reservation of the Nez Perce Tribe by:
- Expressing the cultural values of the Nez Perce Tribe,
- Sustaining and promoting the welfare and opportunities of current and future generations of Nez Perce People,
- Protecting, perpetuating, and enhancing the ecological diversity and long-term sustainability of the landscape, and
- Enhancing Tribal sovereignty over its natural and cultural resources.
Development of the Tribe’s IRMP has been split into two phases: a first phase (this project) to develop a programmatic cultural and natural resources management strategy for the Tribe, and a second phase to implement the chosen strategy. The initial phase of IRMP development will be a visioning phase devoted to developing and considering a wide array of management strategies regarding resource use and protection. A PEIS will be developed during this phase to ensure that the Tribe and Bureau of Indian Affairs are aware of the environmental impacts of the options before us, that members of the public are afforded multiple opportunities to participate in the planning process, and to build a strong foundation for development of the IRMP itself.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2014:Qe’ci yew’ yew’ to everyone who participated in our recent IRMP Public Survey! We received 402 total responses, including from 315 enrolled Nez Perce Tribal members! The results are available for download under the 'Documents' section in the upper right corner of this website. Thank you for doing your part to help make IRMP development process a success!
If you were not able to participate in the survey, don't forget that this was just one of several opportunities you will have to weigh in with your thoughts and ideas. Community meetings, draft documents for review, and other opportunities are all yet to come. If you'd like more information on this or other public involvement opportunities, please don't hesitate to contact Kerey Barnowe-Meyer or the other planning participants using the contact information listed to the right. Thanks again and stay tuned!