The Nez Perce Tribe has the second largest economic impact in North Central Idaho and is the third largest employer in the region. The massive fisheries program which employs upwards of 180 people is a major contributor to those statistics.
Fish have always been vital to the tribe. Salmon in particular were a major food source for generations. That importance was recognized and protected during the Treaty of 1855 which gave the tribe total fishing rights within the original 13.4 million acre reservation...
McNeel, Jack. "Fisheries Are the Lifeblood of the Nez Perce Economy." Indian Country Today. December 4, 2013. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/fisheries-are-the-lifeblood-of-the-nez-perce-economy, accessed May 5, 2023)