About Wisteqn'eemit

A strand for strength, caring, and a robust future. In 2016 Wisteqn'eemit, a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed by Tribal officials and supporters to increase opportunities for Nez Perce Tribal programs and community projects to enhance and diversify new funding sources. We work to embrace the Nez Perce community and culture and to help fill funding gaps for important Tribal programs and services.

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Photo by Jennifer Rapoza

Our Mission

To enable donors and friends to assist in the protection and advancement of the
Nez Perce culture and way of life.

Our Vision

To advance the social, cultural and economic prosperity of the Nez Perce people;

To continue to preserve, protection and enhance our precious natural resources;

To provide more and better services and opportunities to the Nez Perce Tribe.

Working Committee

Ann McCormack
Anthony Broncheau
Julie Kane
Lyn Craig

Other Services

Fiscal Sponsorship
Technical Assistance
Resource Database

Support the Nez Perce Tribe's long history of giving and sharing

Your contribution will benefit Tribal members, culture, and natural resources, and help fund projects like the Wetxuuwitin Museum Collection Reacquisition, the Heidi Gudgell Memorial Scholarship, and the Lapwai Skateboard Park. Join us in preserving our traditions and building a better future for our community.

Recorded history shows for more than 13,000 years the Nez Perce, or the Nimiipuu "The People," occupied a vast region of approximately 13 million acres in the inland Northwest.

Their fishing, food gathering, and trading activities extended across the present day states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana and westward down the Columbia River to trade with Pacific coastal tribes. The Tribe is recognized in the journals of Lewis and Clark as having served the Expedition with food, horses and sincere hospitality.

Today there are currently 3,554 enrolled Nez Perce members, most of whom live on the 1,208-square mile reservation in north central Idaho. The Nez Perce are a place-based people who traditionally have sought to live and work among their cultural base and to have available to their children the chance to live fulfilling lives and the ability to celebrate their unique Plateau heritage with loved ones in a stable environment.

The Tribe's overall vision is to provide a safe, secure setting to enhance the health and welfare of its residents, to fulfill economic development strategies of a strong, well-diversified economy, and to secure the Nez Perce heritage for cultural, educational, economic and environmental success.

Wisteqn'eemit "Nez Perce Giving and Sharing" reflects that vision as well. Formed as a 501(c)3 in 2015 by Tribal leadership and committed Tribe members, Wisteqn'eemit embodies the values and spirit of the Tribe and its people and provides a nonprofit venue by which to expand opportunities for giving, sharing, and enhancing the Nez Perce way of life.

Our board comprises Nez Perce community members, elected Tribal officials, Tribal employees, and members from our communities and homeland. Board members strive to maintain best practices as a successful Tribal nonprofit serving the common good.

To that end, we are proud to have matured from assisting a few projects each year to now serving as fiscal agent or direct sponsor for multiple projects per year. Wisteqn'eemit has gained recognition and support from national funders, most recently in our Covid-19 relief efforts, and continues to expand its service horizons.


People &

Wisteqn'eemit works to develop a strong organizational structure in order to benefit quality of life for Nez Perce Tribal members and their communities; Tribal sovereignty is respected in all Wisteqn'eemit efforts; Wisteqn'eemit encourages giving and sharing among Tribal members.


Arts &

Wisteqn'eemit supports activities to benefit Tribal arts and tradition, past and present; Tribal arts and culture are respected in all Wisteqn'eemit efforts; Wisteqn'eemit encourages a deep cultural connection among Tribal members.


Nature &

Wisteqn'eemit supports projects to benefit our natural resources; the environment and its abundant resources are respected by Wisteqn'eemit efforts; Wisteqn'eemit encourages a strong sense of place among tribal members.

Wisteqn'eemit Board Members


Anthony Broncheau

Founding Board Member Since 2015

Anthony received his degree from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. He currently is the Grants and Contracts Coordinator for the Nez Perce Tribe. In his free time he enjoys fishing, outdoors, sports, and technology.


Elizabeth Arthur-Attao, Vice President

Founding Board Member Since 2017

Elizabeth received her BS in Management at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. She is a Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee member and enjoys watching her grandchildren play sports and participate in school activities. She has three adult children.


Ann McCormack, Treasurer

Founding Board Member Since 2016

Ann received her BS and Minor NAS in Business Administration at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. She is the Economic Development Planner for the Nez Perce Tribe and enjoys Native American art and literature.


Daniel Kane, Secretary

Founding Board Member Since 2016

Daniel received a BA in Communications from Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He is currently the Marketing Director at Nez Perce Tribal Enterprises and has two adult children.


Rachel Edwards


Sam Penney


Lyn Craig

Founding Board Member Since 2015

Lyn received an English Major from State University College in New York. She currently works as a Grant Writer and Development Consultant for the Nez Perce Tribe and enjoys painting, gardening, and travel. She has three adult children.