Tiller's Guide to Indian Country - Second Edition

546 Nez Perce and activities in the summer for the youth. They also facilitate numerous events, such as tournaments, Christmas dinners, powwows, and employee fitness. In 2003 the tribe established the Nez Perce Tribal Children's Trust Fund. The organization provides funding for the Nez Perce Tribal Children's Home and Advocacy Center, Child Protection Services, Foster Care Placement, supportive services, and youth development programs. Future programs will include internships and college scholarships for specific social service needs. The tribe's hope is that the trust fund will become a self-sustaining children's service program that will exist indefinitely to serve the needs of tribal youth. The tribe offers the Students for Success program to tribal youth. The program aims to provide participants with the personal strength and ability to achieve educational, career, and personal goals. The program provides educational and support services toward the prevention of substance abuse and HIV. The program is a recipient of the Drug-free Communities Support Program Grant, the HIV Prevention Grant, and the Spirit of Eagles Grant, the Increase Resiliency and Development Assists in our tribal Youth to Prevent, Reduce or Delay Onset of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) use for Native American youth, age 9-18. The infusion of cultural practices and knowledge is the main strategy of the program. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley provide recreational and after-school activates for community youth. The program is located on the reservation in Lapwai at its Lapwai Club unit,whichfeatures a10,300-square-foot facility with gymnasium, technology center, arts and crafts, and teen center. Education. There are five public schools, a tribal Head Start program, and the Nez Perce Tribal Employment and Training Department on the reservation. The tribe provides financial assistance to students seeking postsecondary and vocational education. The tribe offers instructional classes in the indigenous language and a cultural camp for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years. Health Care. Under the provision of PL 93-638 in 1997, the tribe assumed operation of the Nimilpuus health programs, which TRI-ID-007 Directional sign to: PI-NEEWAUS Community Center & Tribal Headquarters TRI-ID-009 The Nez Perce Tribe Horse Registry’s logo painted on horse barn TRI-ID-016 Limestone Compound Young Horsemen Bicentennial TRI-ID-008 Registered Appaloosa Stallion TRI-ID- 006 Nez Perce Housing Authority Sign TRI-ID-007 TRI-ID-009 TRI-ID-016 TRI-ID-008 TRI-ID- 006 include health clinics in Lapwai and Kamiah. Both clinics are ambulatory facilities that offer medical, pharmacy, lab and X-ray, dental, behavioral health, and community health services. Offices for behavioral health and community health services are located at separate sites. The tribe is in the process of building a 42,000-square-foot facility that will put all health programs under one roof. Under the Self-Governance Compact of 2002, the tribe has gained greater autonomy, allowing it the ability to reallocate funds to best suit the needs of its population. The tribe also has better access to other sources of funding such as grants for program expansion and construction. Health care is also available at St. Joseph's and Tri-State hospitals in Lewiston ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS The tribe has been the leading force in the statewide recovery of the endangered Idaho gray wolf. The program is headed by the tribe's wildlife program. The tribe is working to reestablish the gray wolf population in a 13,000,000-acre area in central Idaho. Operations of the program include monitoring the wolf population, providing public education, population management and control, and research. In 2000 the project received the Honoring Nations/Ford Foundation Award administered by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1999, the tribe began the development of a Memorandum of Understanding with local and state officials to address the issue of illegal dumping on tribal lands. Illegal dumping by non-tribal entities has become a serious issue on the reservation. The tribe is also involved in the management of its surface and groundwater sources, resources to which the tribe's rights have been reserved by treaties with the federal government. The U.S. EPA awarded the tribe a grant in order to develop a wetland management, restoration, enhancement and protection program. The methodology will establish a process by which wetlands will be identified for preservation activity in order to restore a watershed level and facilitate the total maximum daily load implementation.