Welcome to wikitravel, thanks for the contributions you made on Las Vegas and Vatican City. If you have any questions feel free to drop some comments on my talk page (aburda) and I'll do my best to help in anyway. Regards, Aburda 07:55, 12 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Wallowa Lake, OR
In your blurb on the history of the lake, you state that "the government took back most of its land from the tribe." This is totally inaccurate. The land belonged to the Nez Perce, since it was theirs long before non-Indians arrived in the Northwest, and since the U.S. government acknowledged this in the Treaty of 1855. In that treaty, the Nez Perce reserved, among other areas, the Wallowa Valley for themselves. Therefore, the government didn't take back any land; it wasn't government land to begin with. The U.S. outright took the Wallowas from the Nez Perce. It was essentially theft.
This is an important distinction. We can't learn from the past and our ancestors roles in the past unless we deal with the past honestly. I don't believe you are dishonest; but your blurb is exceedingly careless.