From many places in their traditional homeland, the Nimiipuu could see grand vistas of land that had been created for them. Today, the management of natural resources on private lands and also within the park directly affects, and has the potential to impact, other significant resources such as cultural landscapes and scenic vistas. Many have come to hold the landscapes and views of park lands as one of the its most valuable assets. These include scenes of early exploration, fur trade, missionary zeal, mining and agriculture, westward expansion of the nation, Nez Perce/United States conflict, and a continuation of the culture of the Nez Perce country.
Did You Know?
In September of 1805 Lewis and Clark crossed into Nez Perce country. A debate ensued among the Nez Perce. Should they assist these strangers or attack them? A female Nez Perce elder, Wetxuuwíis (Wet-k'hoo-wees)urged her people to do them no harm. Her words were heeded; the expedition was welcomed.