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The Nez Perce connection to Northeast Oregon is strong, deep and timeless. The beauty and boundless resources of this part of the Tribe’s aboriginal homeland are just a few of the reasons the Tribe is so committed to cultural and natural resource conservation in the area today. Tribal members have engaged in fishing, hunting, gathering, and pasturing in this region since time immemorial and this area continues to play a major role in our culture and economy. For example, the Joseph Creek drainage is of particular religious and cultural significance because it contains archaeological sites, important hunting, fishing and gathering grounds, traditional cultural properties, and ceremonial centers.

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Flames from the enormous Bootleg Fire in Klamath and Lake counties silhouette a firefighter in July 2021. It was one of the country’s largest …