WALLOWA LAKE — More than nine acres at Wallowa Lake Lodge were dedicated Thursday, July 21, as a conservation easement to the Nez Perce Tribe “in perpetuity” to maintain the pristine quality of the headwaters of the lake around the lodge.

“The Nimiipuu have always been stewards of this land … and we’ve always cared for that which sustains us and our way of life,” said Sam Penney, chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. He used the name of the Nez Perce people — which means “the people” — in the Nez Perce language.

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