Member of the NPApHC rides proudly at last year's Big Hole Memorial, MT

Member of the NPApHC (Nez Perce Appaloosa Horse Club) rides proudly at last year’s Big Hole Memorial, MT



Official Partner of the NPNHT

The support of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, designated by Congress on October 6, 1986, is a major activity of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation. The Trail route is 1,170 miles long, beginning at Wallowa Lake, Oregon, and ending at the Bear Paw Battleground in Montana. The Nez Perce Trail Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and commemoration of all aspects of the heritage of the Nez Perce War of 1877 and its aftermath. A significant Foundation goal is to have the Nez Perce route available to auto travel, hiking, and equestrian use for experiencing the history, recreational and ceremonial observances.

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The Nez Perce National Historic Park, Spalding, Idaho

Celebrates 50 Years!

Special 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pendleton Blanket for the NPNHP at Spalding

Special 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pendleton Blanket for the NPNHP at Spalding

Photo courtesy of NPNHP

You are cordially invited to the 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 15 and 16, 2015

at the Park Headquarters in Spalding, Idaho.

May 15, 2015 – Spalding Visitor Center, 3 pm to 5 pm

Presentations will commemorate the date that Congress passed the Park’s

enabling legislation. Refreshments will be served.

May 16, 2015 – Culture Day Celebration, Spalding Picnic area, 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Celebrating 50 years of partnership with the Nez Perce people.

Events include past and present park employees speaking about their experiences,

horse parade, Pow-Wow, Stick Games, and Tee Pee Contests. Local food will be onsite.

For more information, call 208-843-7020 or visit the website at:  www.nps.gov/nepe

Announcing the

2015 NPNHT Summer Trail Tour

Guided by the

Nez Perce Trail Foundation’s

Duane Heglie & Karen Heagen

New sites, new stories, new friends, new adventures on a

Journey of a Lifetime this July!

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  Wallowa Valley    Tamkaliks Celebration & Friendship Feast 

  Nez Perce Nat’l. Historic Park, Spalding  •  White Bird  •  Clearwater  •  Lolo Trail 

  “Fort Fizzle”  •  Bitterroot Valley    Big Hole Battlefield 

  Guest Speakers and Demonstrations 

Click Here for Registration and Itinerary Information

or visit the Summer NPNHT Educational Trail Tour page on this website

Space is Limited, Register Early!

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Nez Perce Trail Foundation

Annual Scholarship

Applications are now being excepted for TWO $1,ooo Scholarships

generously funded by the Duane Heglie Family and Friends

Duane has been leading the NPTF Summer Tour Trips for the last 13 years,

and is also very involved with the education and future of the Nez Perce youth.

For more information and details, please contact Duane Heglie at:

1115 Arbor Place, El Dorado Hills, California 95762   •   916-933-1368

or email: heglie@comcast.net

2015 NPTF Board of Directors Meeting

will be held in Wallowa, Oregon in conjunction with the

Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Feast

July 17-19, 2015

Executive Committee Meeting    Friday, July 17 (Time TBD)

Board of Directors Meeting    Saturday, July 18 (Time TBD)

Please make your travel plans now. Your attendance at this meeting is very important.

*Check the website in July for actual meeting times.

“Remember the Truth”

For years, the story of Chief Redheart, his band, the Three Feathers Band, the Cloud Band, and still many others has been untold. Records and events of their unjust incarceration in 1877-78 remained vague and forgotten, remembered only by the descendants.

Woven into a fictional story that is based on historical facts and oral history,
the Redheart Band’s saga is featured in the Spring Newsletter of “Iskitpe”.

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Jesse D. Redheart II

Photo Courtesy of the Redheart family

 2015 NPNHT Desk Planners

NPTF calendar

These beautiful calendars are still available to all NPTF Members

If you haven’t received yours, please contact Roger Peterson-NFS for your copy today.



We ALWAYS Need You!

The Nez Perce Trail Foundation is moving up to the next level! We continue our commitment to preserve, protect and commemorate the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. With a new efficient business plan in place for 2015, our NPTF volunteers are working very hard to carry out the responsibilities and operations of the Foundation. We continue our commitment to serve our Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management partners. We are greatly indebted to those who have supported our efforts in the past, but the legacy must continue into the future.

Remember, the most important thing you can do is GIVE and tell as many friends as possible!

 Nez Perce Trail Foundation

Or send your generous donation to:

The Nez Perce Trail Foundation  •  P.O. Box 5024  • Bend, Oregon 97708

Qe’ciye’w’yew  (Thank You!)

And A Special Thank You

Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center    Oregon

Greg Shine    Oregon

Patience Reagan    New York

Thomas O’Donnell    South Carolina

Frieder Bastian    Germany

Georgianna Young    Washington

Antonette Thomson    Keaau, Hawaii

Connie Delaney    Salmon, Idaho

Pat Ruckle    Boise, Idaho

Duane Heglie  •  El Dorado Hills, Ca.

 St. Mel’s Parish  •  Fair Oaks, Ca.

for their generous contributions to the Nez Perce Trail Foundation

Welcome New Members!

Hetty Dutra  •  California

Patience Reagan    New York

Sam & Karen Villalobos    Oregon

James Saveland    Colorado

Greg Shine, NPS    Washington

Tom O’Donnell    South Carolina

Sharyn Lee (Shaz) Ronstadt Tasmania

Pat Ruckle Boise, Idaho

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Photo courtesy of the Idaho State Historical Society

Photo courtesy of the Idaho State Historical Society

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Our new web design is mobile friendly. Now you can access our site as you travel the trail.

As always, go to NezPerceTrail.net,  and we will be instantly formatted on your phone or mobile device.


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Nu’nim Himyu’uma ka Lawtiwa’ama

(Our relatives and Friends)

The Official Language Program of the Nee-Me-Poo

Click here to find out more about the language

“Landscape of History, The Nez Perce Story”

(Youtube Video of the Nez Perce► 19:59)


*** NPTF Business Plan ***

The NPTF has developed business development plans for 2015

Would YOU like to be a part of preserving and experiencing history? YOU can make a difference.

The NPTF and TRAIL Preservation efforts are growing, and we need YOU.

Current Openings in

Grant Development and Submittal

This is a voluntary position, requiring accounting skills.

*Also Consider serving on the Executive Committee or Board of Directors

as Term Positions become Available

Please inquire at: Khnezpercetrail@gmail.com






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The public is encouraged to view the video “A Landscape of History”

The National Park Service Turns 100

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will mark its Centennial celebration, and will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s National Parks.

For more information, please visit




 Ask for FREE 2015 Updated Auto Tour Brochures

as a companion to the VIRTUAL TOUR

Available at the many official Nez Perce National Historic Trail Sites

(Click here to go to Virtual Tour)

(Click here to see feature as printed in Pathways Autumn 2012)

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