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'The Big Chiefs,' Nez Perce and Yakima Indians in Oregon in 1911
"The Big Chiefs," Nez Perce and Yakima Indians in Oregon in 1911

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Chief Joseph Surrenders
October 5, 1877

Believing in peace, Chief Joseph had been trying to secure his homeland for his tribe, the Nez Percé, without fighting. To Chief Joseph and his tribe, their homeland was sacred, like a cathedral. At first, the government allowed them to stay in their home regions, then some years later, forced them out. As they began their journey from their ancestral home in the Wallowa Valley of Oregon to a reservation in Idaho, the chief learned that three young Nez Percé men, enraged at their loss, had committed a brutal act.
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