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Nez Perce participant at the recent Big Hole Battle Memorial


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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Heglie / Wallowa Homeland Scholarships

   Duane Heglie, Board Member and Lifetime Member of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation,  was pleased to award TWO scholarships this year to deserving candidates. The Heglie family, as well as many of their friends, donate money each year for the scholarship funds.

The two $500. scholarships were awarded this year at the Tamkaliks Celebration in Wallowa, Oregon in July. The Heglie/Wallowa Homeland Scholarship Award winners were announced during a break in the championship dancing on Sunday.

The 2014 Winners are:


Dominique Belafsky, Beavercreek, Oregon: member of the Umatilla tribe, age 20, Psychology major, specializing in Youth and Family Services, attended Clackamas Community College, transferring to Portland State University.


Sierra Higheagle, Lapwai, Idaho: member of the Nez Perce tribe, age 20, General studies, attended Columbia Basin Community College, accepted to the University of Montana, future member of the womens Basketball team.


Congratulations to both Scholarship Award Winners!

Scholarship candidates for 2015 are encouraged to apply for these scholarships through the Nez Perce Trail Foundation. Applicants may submit their resume, educational experience, and goals to Duane Heglie. Please find contact information on this Nez Perce Trail Foundation website at Duane Heglie Scholarship Contact.







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Just send us a short bio., photo, and why the Nez Perce Trail is important to you (from personal experience or interest.)

You may be selected to be featured on our new Member of the Month page!

Please submit to Khnezpercetrail@gmail.com



Nu’nim Himyu’uma ka Lawtiwa’ama

(Our relatives and Friends)

The Official Language Program of the Nee-Me-Poo

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*** NPTF Business Plans ***

The NPTF is developing new 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:

Merchandising / Marketing Director

Project Directors (volunteer on-site work & projects TBD)

Please inquire at: Khnezpercetrail@gmail.com

These are voluntary positions, requiring accounting, inventory responsibilities, and travel.

Also Consider serving on the Executive Committee or Board of Directors

as Term Positions become Available


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.

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Available at the many official Nez Perce National Historic Trail Sites


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NPNHT Public Meeting

October 9, 2014, 7:00pm

Grand Coulee Senior Manor

In September and October, the U.S. Forest Service Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) staff will host a number of public meetings across the length of the NPNHT. These meetings will focus on obtaining specific input and comments on Proposed Objectives, Practices and Program Guidelines that will result in a revision of the Comprehensive Plan (CP) for the NPNHT. A series of public meetings is scheduled from September through early October 2014.

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