Welcome to the Hanford Tribal Survey

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The Nez Perce Tribe and the Tribe’s Environmental Restoration and Waste Management (ERWM) program are working with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other Hanford Natural Resource Trustees under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDA-R) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERLCA) 42 U.S.C. §9601 et seq., to assure Tribal Members if they choose to utilize any type of resource or resource area in the 586 sq. miles of the Hanford Nuclear site, that they would not be at any risk from the release of contamination as a result of Hanford activities.

We, as Nez Perce, have resided on and been the stewards for the land since time immemorial. Our duty is to protect the Earth, our mother. The tribal vision of how tribes came to be part of the earth and part of creation and what the future holds is not easily expressed in non-tribal language.  But the vision contains sovereignty, respect for the water, air, plants and animals and the interconnection of the spirits of these and tribal peoples, past, present and future. This is at the heart of everything we believe in.  (NPT-Hanford Guidance 2010)

How you can be of help? Please complete this survey, as it is intended for individuals (including yourself) that could share stories, oral histories, fishing, hunting & gathering locations and names, and/or life events associated with the mid-Columbia River area also known as the Hanford site. After our review of the these surveys, the individuals that are identified as having information most relevant to our work with the NRDA process will be asked to participate in an interview with our team to be scheduled at a later date.