Tribune: Nez Perce Consider New Manufacturing Forays

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In the wake of its acquisition of 60 acres along U.S. Highway 95 in North Central Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe is considering a number of land uses, including creating manufacturing operations in the forest products, biofuels or agricultural industries.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that during the Sept. 17 meeting of the Inalnd Northwest Partners, the executive office of the Nez Perce Tribal Enterprises hinted at a number of possibilities for the land which was purchased by the Tribe last spring.

The tribe currently employs about 1,000 people with most of its jobs in the technical, retail or customer service sectors. Its largest employers is its Clearwater River Casino and Lodge, which recently completed a $16 million expansion.

The tribe has also indicated that it might build a new overpass to access the casino property from U.S. Highways 12 and 95. The estimated price tag of the overpass project is $14 million- to $16 million.