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Chief Joseph __ "Suppose a white man should come to me and say, “Joseph, I like your horses. I want to buy them.”... I say to him, “No, my horses suit me; I will not sell them.”...Then he goes to my neighbor and says, “Pay me money, and I will sell you Joseph’s horses.”...The white man returns to me and says, “Joseph, I have bought your horses and you must let me have them.”...If we sold our lands to the government, this is the way they bought them." More about this great man here. - From - 

Chief Joseph, Nez Perce __ "Chief Joseph, known by his people as In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat (Thunder coming up over the land from the water), was best known for his resistance to the U.S. Government's attempts to force his tribe onto reservations. The Nez Perce were a peaceful nation spread from Idaho to Northern Washington. The tribe had maintained good relations with the whites after the Lewis and Clark expedition." - By Glenn Welker - 

Chief Joseph Surrenders ___Use the 'Next' arrow at the bottom of each page to view all three pages which recount the story of Chief Joseph's flight and surrender. - Illustrated - From America's Library -  
Idaho Natives / Nez Perce Tribe __ A look at contemporary Nez Perce life and economics. You will find several articles related to this as well as to history. - illustrated - From University of Idaho - 


Lewis and Clark . Native Americans . Nez Perce Indians | PBS __ An excellent overview of the Nez Perce. "The Nez Perce Indians lived in scattered villages in the Plains west of the Rocky Mountains. About 4,000 in number, they were excellent horsemen and owned the largest horse herd on the continent. They fished for salmon along the Clearwater and Snake rivers, and harvested camas plants in mountain meadows." - illustrated - From PBS -

National Geographic: Lewis & Clark Tribes Nez Perce Indians __ "As typical plateau Indians, the Nez Perce fished the Clearwater and Snake Rivers and harvested camas roots. When Clark and other members of the expedition emerged exhausted and starved from their journey through the Bitterroot Mountains, the Nez Perce greeted them with dried buffalo, camas root bread, and fish. Unfortunately this rich diet had an adverse effect on the digestive systems of the explorers." This tid-bit and more. - illustrated - From National Geographic - 

Nez Perce __ "The Nez Perce Indians were once the largest congregation of tribes in the western United States. They spanned across the open lands of the northwest and even went as far as the Great Plains during the hunting season." A brief summary of Nez Perce history and culture. - From University of Minnesota - 

Nez Perce Indians __ "To understand the Nez Perce people you must first understand their landscape. Legends of their cultural ties to land run as deep as the canyons of the nearby Clearwater River. It’s a land defined by weather, etched by rivers and freed from time. The land holds the answers; provides the sustenance. Even the traditional Nez Perce calendar is interwoven with the surrounding landscape." A great introduction to the Nez Perce - illustrated - From Valley Vision - 

Nez Perce Indians, Call Themselves Ni Mii Puu Meaning The People __ Brief overview of Nez Perce including some historic photos. - illustrated - From Clearwater Historical Museum - 

Nez Perce Indians Spent Eight Months at Fort Leavenworth __ Read this chapter in the history of the Nez Perce. "For eight months spanning the winter of 1877 and summer of 1878, Fort Leavenworth was an interim prisoner of war camp. In the bottoms near the Missouri River, on the site of a former race track, the army confined about 400 of the Southern Nez Perces and their leader, a chief among chiefs in American Indian history: Chief Joseph." - From J. H. Johnston III/Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum - 

Nez Perce Tribe __ The official website of the Nez Perce Tribe. You will find history and culture, current events, law (the tribal code) and much more. - illustrated - From Nez Perce Tribe - 

Nez Perce - Yellowstone Area Raid 1877 __ "Chief Joseph, leader of the “non-treaty” Nez Perce Indian Tribe, earned the respect of General Nelson A. Miles (Bear Coat), who finally halted their march north to Canada after losing their land. The tribe sneaked down Clarks Fork in Yellowstone Valley thus evading the 7th Cavalry. His capture shifted the public’s interest from Custer’s defeat." Learn how and why this event took place. - From - 

The Pursuit of Chief Joseph ___"Read this first-person account (from a contemporary U.S. military viewpoint) of Chief Joseph's famous flight for freedom with his Nez Perce people. There's an interesting bit about disagreements between the generals involved." - Text only - From PBS -


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