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Nez Percé Indians -- Wars (1877), Yellowstone National Park (1870-1880), Nez Percé Indians -- Canada -- Migrations


Examines the events surrounding the surrender of the Nez Perces tribe in the Nez Perce 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.


This is the publisher's final PDF. Article appears in Montana: The Magazine of Western History 1990 Montana Historical Society

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