Native American tribes celebrate "Spirit of The Elders"

LAPWAI, ID - Several Native American tribes came together Friday to celebrate their elders.

The annual "Spirit of the Elders Celebration" recognizes the importance of tribal elders from local and surrounding reservations. More than 15 tribes were in attendance for what's shaping up to be one of the biggest Nez Perce tribal events thus far.

The two day event began with elders dancing the night away and ended with the "Elder of the Year" awards. The Clearwater River Casino partially funds this event, which brought in a record setting number of 500 participants this year.