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Chief Joseph

A National Celebrity

“I am tired my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.”

-Chief Joseph
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Tribe name: Hin-mah-too-yah-lah-ket
Born 1840
Died 1904

After Chief Joseph's father died he became chief in 1877.

Chief Joseph was more reserved, by nature a thinker rather than a fighter.

When Joseph formally surrendered he was referred to in the American press as "the Red Napoleon."

Chief Joseph was the leader of the Nez Percé. He had a peace with the whites. In 1855 he helped Washington's territorial governor set up a reservation for his tribe, from Oregon into Idaho. After the gold rush in 1863, the federal government took back almost six million acres of the Nez Percé land, they were moved to a reservation one tenth the size of their last reservation. After this occurrence, Chief Joseph felt betrayed and set fire to his American flag and bible, he refused to sign the treaty to make the reservation area official. Chief Joseph believed in peace with the white men and he tried hard to keep peace, but after the Whites betrayed him and his tribe it was hard for him to keep that peace.

Chief Joseph lead his tribe to Canada after the U.S army was trying to force his tribe into a reservation where they could not escape after entering.

This is a picture of Chief Joseph on his horse
after a battle with the U.S.
This is a picture of Chief Joseph
in a reservation.

When Lewis and Clark came to the Nez Percé land in 1805 they were tired and needed to be fed and sheltered, the Nez Percé helped them this was unusual in their time, any other tribe would have killed them, and that is why ever since they have boasted that they never killed a white man.

When Chief Joseph surrendered more than 200 of his people had died.

This picture shows a map of the Nez Percé reservation.

More to come thank you for your patience.

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