MISSION - Rudy Shebala, who organized the Young Horsemen's Association on the Nez Perce Reservation at Lapwai, Idaho, will bring a presentation on the program to Tamastslikt Cultural Institute at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The concept could be of considerable interest to members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, who have discussed developing a similar program here.
The program has resulted in a return to breeding the unique Appaloosa horses identified with the Nez Perce, following a break of more than a century after the US government stripped the Tribe of their horses. Although individual Nez Perce continued to raise horses, the breeding activity was dormant as a tribal enterprise until the mid-1990s, when a proposal was made to start a horse farm as a "culturally appropriate" business.
The Tribe created its own new breed, the Nez Perce Appaloosa. The breed is a cross of western Appaloosa mares and Akhal-Teke stallions from Turkmenistan of Central Asia. "We wanted to create a modern Nez Perce horse," Shebala said.
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute is on the grounds of Wildhorse Resort & Casino, about 10 minutes east of Pendleton. It is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.