WRG Report Summary
VII. Nez Perce
  1. Study of the Nez Perce Clearwater River Basin Fishery

    This report summarizes the principal findings concerning the historical and cultural significance among the Nez Perce of fishing on the Clearwater River. Our purpose here is to present a description and analysis of the following: 1) the meaning and function of fishing in Nez Perce culture; 2) the Nez Perce's reservation of the right to fish in the Treaty of 1855; 3) Nez Perce fishing practices, including identification of their fishing sites on the Clearwater River, the catch, and the estimated reliance of the Nez Perce on fish; and 4) the effects of declining fish runs and the blocking of access to their fishing sites on the Nez Perce.

  2. Study of the Nez Perce Snake River Basin Fishery

    This report summarizes the principal findings concerning the historical and cultural significance among the Nez Perce of fishing on the Snake River and its tributaries. Our purpose here is to present a description and analysis of the following: 1) the meaning and function of fishing in Nez Perce culture; 2) the Nez Perce's reservation of the right to fish in the Treaty of 1855; 3) Nez Perce fishing practices, including preliminary identification of their fishing sites on the Snake River and its tributaries, the catch, and the estimated reliance of the Nez Perce on fish; and 4) the effects of declining fish runs and the blocking of access to their fishing sites on the Nez Perce.

  3. Nez Perce Reservation Diminishment
    United States v. Scott et al., Case No. CR98-01-N-EJL (D. Idaho 1998)

    In this case, Deward Walker, Jr. conducted research, prepared reports, and served as an expert witness on behalf of the Nez Perce Tribe. The case concerned the alleged diminishment of the Nez Perce Reservation as a result of the Dawes Severalty Act and the opening of the Reservation to white settlement in the late 19th century. In this brief, Dr. Walker discusses the language, culture, and pre-history and history of the Nez Perce. He also analyzes and evaluates the impacts of the Allotment Act on the Tribe.