Through the millennia, Mother Earth was the employer. Coeur d’Alene Indians earned their livings through what was provided in nature: Lakes and streams churning with trout and salmon; forests complete with elk, moose and deer, mountains and meadows with huckleberries and camas roots, wetlands with waterfowl and water potatoes. These and many more natural resources remained at close reach, and all, along with human beings, part of one life on earth. If you’ve never been here nor seen it, in doing so, you will find that it is a place of which your mind has dreamed; it is a place your heart has always loved.
"We are here because this is where the Creator
put us," said Henry SiJohn, tribal elder and a 15-year veteran of the Coeur d’Alene
Tribal Council. "We will always have a responsibility to take care of it, not just
for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, but for everyone."
Ecology and Environment