Protect Our Shared Past
Burial sites are sacred to the Nez Perce people, therefore, all visitors are expected to respect the cemeteries at Spalding, Idaho and Joseph, Oregon. Visitation is allowed, but you are asked by the Nez Perce not to stand on marked graves, take rubbings of headstones or touch memorial items left on graves. Eating, drinking, or any type of recreational activity within the cemeteries is considered inappropriate behavior.
Many of the battlefields are cemeteries for the men, women and children who died there and should be given the respect of a sacred burial ground.
Other park sites, such as the Heart of the Monster in Kamiah, Idaho are ancient places with special meanings and should also be accorded a degree of respect.
Archeological sites, battlefield, and artifacts are protected by state and federal law. Anyone who injures, destroys or appropriates artifacts or objects of antiquity on park lands are subject to arrest and prosecution to the maximum extent of the law.
Please call (208) 843-7001 in Idaho and (406) 689-3155 in Montana to report incidents
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.