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Tribal Offices Closed in Recognition of Bear Paw Memorial

October 5, 2018

Tribal Offices Closed

On Friday, October 5th, 2018 the Nez Perce Tribe will be closed in honor and remembrance of our elders, women, children, warriors and Chiefs, whose lives were taken in the battle at Bear Paw in Montana between the Nez Perce and the U.S. Cavalry. It is important to us as Nimiipuu to always remember and honor our people that have gone on before us, especially those we lost in 1877 who stood, fought and died for us that remain today. 

“Evening came, and the battle grew less. Darkness settled and mostly the guns died away. Only occasional shots. I went up toward our camp. I did not hurry. Soldiers guarding, sitting down, two and two. Soldiers all about the camp, so that none could escape from there. A long time I watched. It was snowing. The wind was cold! Stripped for battle, I had no blanket. I lay close to the ground, crawling nearer the guard line.

It was past middle of night when I went between those guards. I was now back within the camp circle. I went first and drank some water. I did not look for food.”


“The surrender was just for those who did not longer want to fight. Joseph spoke only for his own band, what they wanted to do. Of the other bands, they surrendered who wanted to.

Chief White Bird did not surrender.

When Chief Joseph surrendered, war was quit, everything was quit, for those who surrendered their guns.

One side of war story is that told by the white man.

The story I have given you is the Indian side. You now have it all, as concerned the war.

I did not surrender my rifle.” –Yellow Wolf: His Own Story

The Nez Perce Tribe will re-open on Monday, October 8th, 2018.


October 5, 2018