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Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho

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The National Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Council has given the go-ahead to an event sponsored by the tribe in the spring of 2006. The state had been passed over the first time around. None of the original signature events approved by the council last summer were in Idaho where the tribe aided Lewis and Clark on their voyage to and from the Pacific Ocean.

"We felt there should be a signature event in Idaho and it should include the tribe," Idaho's bicentennial coordinator Keith Petersen said. The event will commemorate the month-long stay of the Corps of Discovery with the Nez Perce near Kamiah on its return trip in the spring of 1806. The tribe proposed a four-day event, including a horse parade, horse races, musical performances, contests and a pow wow. Council approval does not mean any more funding will be available for the event, but it will be promoted by the council as an event of national status, he said. The tribe is sponsoring a national Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Conference next April which is expected to bring 400 to 500 people to the area.

A forensic artist from the tribal police in Lewiston has been talking with witnesses attempting to come up with a picture of the killer of three women knifed to death Nov. 6 at a beauty salon in Florence. He has been trying to put together a sketch of an oddly dressed man who was seen outside the salon and around Florence about the time the bodies were discovered. "His interview skills (taught to him at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.) have been developed just for this task, Ravalli County Sheriff Perry Johnson said. Given the number of people the artist interviewed, Johnson said he was confident he would be able to come up with a composite likeness of the man described as wearing an odd hat and dressed in either a dark suit or wearing a duster-type coat. He had no facial hair and is in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, with a slender build. Witnesses said he was wearing a white shirt with no tie and could have been carrying something when he was seen south of town.

? Tribal biologist David Johnson said extending threatened status to hatchery steelhead would make it more difficult to hold steelhead fishing seasons, but at the same time would make it easier to use the hatchery fish to recover wild runs. Legal continues over removing Oregon coastal salmon from endangered species protection, but the Idaho Fish and Game Department welcomes federal status review of other anadromous fish in the Northwest. Environmentalists appealed a ruling that took the coho off the list and prompted the federal review of protection for salmon. All salmon and steelhead listings in the Snake River basin, except endangered Snake River sockeye, will be included. But only the listing of the steelhead closely matches the way Oregon coastal coho were listed. State anadromous fish manager Sharon Kiefer said Oxbow and Dworshak hatchery steelhead were included so they could be used for recovery purposes if needed. However, hatchery runs exist to make up for lost habitat and fishing that occurred when the Dworshak Dam and the Hells Canyon complex of dams blocked the North Fork of the Clearwater and Snake rivers. She said it does not seem appropriate to extend protections to those hatchery stocks.

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