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Nez Perce Tribe

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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 rivers 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, the Lewis & Clark expedition may have had a tragic ending. The Nez Perce National Historical Park, 11 miles southeast of Lewiston on State Highway 95, 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 Tribe. There are 24 separate interpretive sites that constitute the Nez Perce National Historical Park. PowWows and other community events are hosted in various locations throughout the year. Tribal business enterprises include forest products, limestone quarry operations, two popular casinos, an RV park, convenience stores and the Clarkston Country Club. Visitors are welcomed today just as the Nez Perce welcomed the Corps of Discovery explorers nearly 200 years ago – come experience their history and culture.

Clearwater River Casino & Lodge RV Park
Just east of Lewiston along the Clearwater River, the Clearwater River Casino floor is nearly 40,000...
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Nez Perce National Historical Park
The Nez Perce National Park headquarters and museum memorializes Nimiipuu history and culture. It al...
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Nez Perce Tourism
At the foundation of this tourism company is the heartbeat of the Nimiipuu ancestors. Nez Perce Tourism provides exclusive experiences, where you can ...
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Qeqiit Restaurant
An ideal place to find all your favorite dishes. This casual family restaurant offers a great variety of delicious lunch and dinner menu items to choo...
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Yáwwinma Café
This on-the-go cafe is sure to please, serving up pizza by the slice or full carry-out orders. Too early for pizza? They got you covered with a full-s...
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