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Vote to keep Frei in office

     Mark Frei is a young fellow just getting started in serving Idaho County as County Commissioner.

     He is a thinker. He has some creative ideas about our troubled solid waste problem. He supports no tax raises.

     He helped draft a County Natural Resource Plan that federal agencies with Idaho County must consult and take into account when taking actions and making decisions on the federal lands with the county. The Resource Plan stresses the responsible use of our natural resources, pro-logging/mining/grazing, for the betterment of the economy of Idaho County, as well as maintaining access to all these lands for recreation.

     These three items show his thinking and leadership skills. I will vote to keep him in office.

Betty Alm


Tribal forestry does not promote self-sustaining communities

     Nez Perce Tribal Forestry by their conduct do not in any way, shape or form promote self-sustaining tribal communities. It was and is evident before and after the fires forestry has no written forest management plan to protect tribal resources.

     The recent purchase of two high maintenance machines costing approximately $100,000 apiece; All the work performed by forestry could and should be performed by tribal members. I think this is misappropriation of funds.

     The contracting with 5 Star taking the tribal member component from all the labor and profit that forest lands yield is mismanagement of resources.

     The immediate removal of forestry manager John de Groot and all non-tribal foresters during general council will be the first step for “real change” sending a clear message to Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC) stating who’s resources they are managing. It is very clear these foresters do not understand who they are supposed to work for.

     I promise these actions by the shareholders will give clear notice to NPTEC and other managers and directors who work for you, tribal member. I almost forgot the last time forestry boys played on big boy toys one of them lost a thumb. Their new toys are bigger.

Bill Warden Sr.


Nation in denial

     One phenomenon of our modern American culture is the “right to denial.” If you don’t like something, someone, or some people, you deny them the right to exist, or you deny an event or an individual has ever existed.

     An older historical example would be the denial of the Spanish Inquisition during which multitudes perished for their refusal to convert to Romanism.

     A current example is the denial of the Holocaust, the systematic extermination of over six million Jews by the National Socialist regime of Adolf Hitler during World War II. Despite overwhelming physical and historical evidence that this occurred, many people deny it.

     There are Holocaust survivors in Israel today who can display their prison tattoo numbers. In Europe you can visit actual death camps such as Auschwitz, whose entrance was decorated with the slogan “work makes you free,” to deceive the Jews slated for its gas chambers and crematories. American WWII vets’ memories describe stacks of the corpses of Jewish inmates in the death camps which those soldiers liberated. Films like The Hiding Place and Schindler’s List document Gentile efforts to save Jews.

     In Israel you can tour Yod Vashem, the museum memorializing Holocaust victims, featuring a dome covered with their photos. Or one can visit Israel this May when Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated starting at sundown May 4.

     My first exposure to the Holocaust was during high school when I found a book at the library detailing how the National Socialists made the skins of their Jewish victims into lampshades. Years later I met a Holocaust survivor, a Jewish seamstress with a prison tattoo.

     The right to denial, though increasingly popular in our society, has a bad outcome. Many people now deny the existence of God though evidence of His existence and power is everywhere present in His creation. The Bible explains the eternal destiny in hell of those who deny the Deity of Christ and the efficacy of His blood atonement for their salvation from sin.

     Perhaps that is why the Bible is now denied a place in our culture though its inerrant doctrines laid the foundation of that very culture. Instead of believing the Bible as our forefathers did and learning the lessons of history, we have become national subscribers to the “right of denial.”

Mary Hohmann


What's new Print E-mail
Written by Angela Broncheau   


     Seventeen runner/walkers braved the heavy rain and traffic to take part in the Heart of the Monster Fun Run/Walk last Friday, April 29.   All finishers received a T-shirt from the Women’s Outreach Program.  Several students from Kamiah and Kooskia enjoyed the Heart of the Monster stories and other displays provided by community members, and Students for Success, Nimiipuu Behavioral and Community Health, Maternal Child Health, Nimipuutimpt (Nez Perce Language Program), and the Stick Game demonstration. Special thanks to the Kamiah Ambulance crew for standing by during this event.  You ROCK!

     Tyrell Henry was also named All Star for his team during the “Play in your Moccasins” Youth Basketball tournament, congratulations to Tyrell!

     “Stickgame Show Down” tournament of the entitities, Nez Perce Tribe, Tribal Housing Authority, Nez Perce Tribe Enterprises, Nimiipuu Health and the Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee will be held on National Indian Day, May 13, at the Clearwater River Casino Event Center.  This will be a double elimination tournament.  This activity is to promote Nez Perce culture and is in observance of National Indian Day.  For more information contact the NPTE Training and Development Dept. at (208) 746-0723.

     Chief Joseph and Warriors Pow-wow committee will have a barbecue, Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6 behind the Pi-nee-waus building  beginning at 11:30 a.m. during the Spring General Council in Lapwai .

     Nez Perce Tribe Spring General Council will be Thursday, May 5-Saturday, May 7 at the Pi-nee-waus Community Center in Lapwai.  Election day is Saturday May 7. Polling stations at the Wa-a’yas Community Center in Kamiah, Teweepu Community Center in Orofino, and the Pi-nee-waus Community Center in Lapwai will be opened 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Seat one is Larry Greene and Elizabeth Arthur Attao, Seat two is Shannon Wheeler and Margarita Bulltail, Seat three is Scherri Greene and Arthur Broncheau.    This is the first time NPTEC incumbents didn’t seek re-election, so this spring we will have three new people on our Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee.  How interesting!    Nimiipuu get out and vote; it’s our right and our responsibility to exercise our vote!

     The Delores L. Wheeler “Pay to Play” fund assisted 15 Kamiah student athletes this school year in football, volleyball, basketball and track.  Fundraisers for the “Pay to Play” account will be throughout the summer.  Contact Dallon Wheeler or Abraham Broncheau to make a donation or for questions.  We appreciate all the support we received this past year.

     A Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser for Miss Lookingglass, Roni Arthur will be on Thursday, May 5 at General Council at the Pi-nee-waus  during lunch break. $7-Fiesta Plate, includes enchiladas, Spanish rice, refried beans, a rice krispy treat, and a water. All proceeds will go toward a junior fancy shawl special during this year’s 40th Annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow, held August 19-21 in Kamiah.

     Birthday blessings to Marlee Engledow, Lydia Angle, Angel Jackson, Whitney Reed, and  John Wayne Lozon.

     Anniversary blessings to Bobby and Rae Ann Thompson and Daryl and Donna Kinzer!

Yox Kalo^ (That’s all!)

Wolf Problems? Print E-mail

The following list of numbers is offered for anyone who experiences problems with wolves. 


Suspected Livestock Predation

Call USDA Wildlife Services, 1-866-487-3297 or contact Justin Mann, local Wildlife Specialist at 208-869-3297. Personnel will be dispatched to investigate.


Frequent Wolf Sightings

Contact the Nez Perce Tribe, Curt Mack at 208-634-1060. They will gather and record information, then provide advice.


Report Sighting of a Wolf

Go to Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game website to fill out a wolf report form: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/


Health and Human Safety Concerns

A wolf may be killed if life and human safety is at risk. Contact Idaho Fish & Game at 208-799-5010 or call Nez Perce Tribe at 208-634-1061 or 911 Sheriff dispatch. All wolf kills will be investigated.


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