Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) Nez Perce Reservation
Situation: The University of Idaho and the Nez Perce Tribe is seeking funding for the recently established Nez Perce Reservation Extension Program (FRTEP). The overall goal is to increase the quality of life on the Nez Perce Reservation primarily through agriculture and natural resource education, horsemanship, community development and life skills development for all reservation residents. 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 provides the connection, coordination and programming necessary to
serve the educational needs of the Nez Perce Reservation community. The Nez Perce Tribe has several assets that provide a wealth of opportunity for youth and adult educational programming. They include the Young Horseman program where they have developed a new breed of horse, named the Nez Perce horse, along with a registry. The Tribe owns 60 horses and has the facilities to develop an equine science, management, and horsemanship program - particularly for youth and young adults. They have a tremendous land and natural resource base that provides a variety of outdoor learning opportunities. In addition, the Tribe has recently set aside a 10 acre site for extension use in anticipation of developing a demonstration site for education in land management, farming, livestock production, and 4-H project activities with emphasis on life skills development for youth and young adults. There are
Tribal departments, school districts, government agencies and other organizations on the reservation who are partners in delivering educational programs. The Nez Perce Tribe has the organizational, cultural, and land resource foundation on which to support and add value to all educational programming efforts. Anticipated outcomes: Youth participants will gain confidence and demonstrate improved leadership, decision-making and communication skills; youth and adult participants will be healthier due to physical activity associated with program participation; youth will choose careers in science, technology, agriculture and natural resource related fields; will pursue higher education degrees; the Nez Perce Tribe will have a comprehensive horse program that includes education and internship opportunities for youth and young adults to learn & apply workforce skills; landowners will improve
their management of soil fertility, production methods, and reduce weeds for sustainable use; more families will grow their own food; workshop participants will make healthier food choices; more use of traditional foods; more individuals will have an estate plan; the community will have a locally grown food system and increased food security; improved communication and program coordination between the NP Tribe and the UI; will be the center for educational outreach.