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'The Centennial Band', Nez-Perce and Yakima Indians in Oregon in 1911
"The Centennial Band", Nez-Perce and Yakima Indians in Oregon in 1911

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Chief Joseph Surrenders
October 5, 1877

The three young Indians had massacred a band of white settlers. Chief Joseph feared retaliation by the government and tried to take his people to safety. After their capture, the Nez Percé were moved to Kansas, but the fearless leader never gave up. He went to Washington D.C. to meet with the president. Finally, in 1885, Chief Joseph and his followers were allowed to return to the Pacific Northwest, close to their old home, thanks to the persistence and courage of Chief Joseph. His Indian name reflected his strength: Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain.
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