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NEZ PERCE TRIBE / TOURISM
Since time immemorial, present-day north central Idaho, northeast Oregon, and southeast Washington, has been home to the Nimiipuu, or Nez Perce Tribe. Long before the Lewis & Clark Expedition entered the homelands of the Nez Perce in 1805, the Nez Perce Native Americans have hunted, fished, and traded in villages along the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon Rivers. Throughout the years, the Nez Perce have become superb horsemen and are renowned for being a hospitable people.
Today, the Nez Perce Tribe still reflects the time honored cultural ideals of the past while meeting the demands of the modern world.
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According to tribal legend, Nimiipuu, “the people,” were created in north central Idaho at the dawn of time. There is evidence dating back more than 11,000 years of Nez Perce inhabiting the regions surrounding the Clearwater and Snake River valleys. The Nez Perce people are credited for saving the lives of the Corps of Discovery explorers who entered their camp near starvation. Without the food and shelter provided by the Nimiipuu villagers, the Lewis & Clark expedition may have had a tragic ending.
The Nez Perce National Historical Park, just a short distance from the Casino, is a complete informational center and museum featuring historical displays and interpretive programs teaching travelers about the rich history and customs of the Nez Perce people. There are 24 separate interpretive sites throughout north central Idaho that constitute the Nez Perce National Historical Park. Pow wows and other community events are hosted in various locations throughout the year. Come experience our history and culture.
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Nez Perce Tribal Enterprises is looking for motivated, enthusiastic, and energetic people to work at the Clearwater River Casino & Lodge, It’se Ye Ye Casino, Nez Perce and Qemus Express gas station and convenience stores.
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