Montana: The Magazine of Western History
Nez Percé Indians -- Wars (1877), Yellowstone National Park (1870-1880)
Examines the events surrounding the surrender of the Nez Perc‚s tribe in the Nez Perc‚ War of 1877 in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. The tribe surrendered in Montana, only about 40 miles from the safety of the border with Canada, after allowing General Nelson A. Miles's troops to catch up while they spent two weeks in Yellowstone. Why the tribe made this stop, and what they did while in Yellowstone has puzzled historians. A popular explanation based on the testimony of a hostage of the tribe has been that the tribe became lost in Yellowstone, but a reconstruction of the movements of the tribe in the park calls this theory into question. It is likely that they were hunting in Yellowstone, and resting after a long chase.
Lang, W. L. (1990). Where did the Nez Perces go in Yellowstone in 1877?. Montana: The Magazine Of Western History, 40(1), 14-29.