Nez Perce Precious Lands, Oregon II
Nez Perce Precious Lands, Oregon
“For a short time we lived quietly. But this could not last,” Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce said. In 1877 the federal government forced the Nez Perce from the fire-clad mountains of Oregon’s Wallowa Valley. Joseph spent his last days in exile, dying, his doctor said, of heartbreak. With assistance from the Trust for Public Land, the tribe has regained 16,286 acres of its Precious Lands, as they are rightly called. Native grasses are being replanted. The graceful flight of a white-throated swift has been noted. The green-banded mariposa lily unfurls its lavender petals. Renewal is in the air; it is not just restoration of land but of spirit.