Oregon's Wallowas: Witness the sad, familar story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians

  Photo from LA Times:  Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. (Pendleton USA)

Photo from LA Times: Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. (Pendleton USA)

Before Lewis and Clark, Oregon Trail ruts, loggers or cattle ranches appeared, the peaceful and powerful Nez Perce, or Nee-Me-Poo (meaning the real people), called the Wallowas home.

Theirs is a familiar, sad story of the West. Discovery of gold led to broken treaties and a forced exodus to a reservation in 1877. Nearly 750 Nez Perce took a 1,170-mile evasive walk instead, pausing to fight the U.S. Army at their heels, before being captured about 40 miles from Canada...

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