The total population residing on the Nez Perce Reservation (Reservation) is 17,806 (Census 2000). The total Tribal membership is 3,347 (January 2007). The Nez Perce Indian Reservation was established in 1863 and is comprised of 770,453 acres in the northern Idaho panhandle region, and spans four counties. Approximately 385,227 acres are considered cropland, 261,954 acres are used for grazing, and 100,159 acres are forestlands. Currently, the county extension offices serving the four county area of the reservation do not have educational programming that targets the reservation community, primarily due to minimal availability of faculty and staff and the lack of support from respective county commissioners to target the Native American population. The presence of an Extension Educator on the Nez Perce Reservation would provide the connection,
coordination and programming necessary to serve the educational needs of the Nez Perce Reservation community. The overall goal is to increase quality of life on the Nez Perce Reservation through agriculture and natural resource education and life skills development for youth and adults.