Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce people called the WallowaValley their summer home. In the summer of 1877, the Nez Perce were given orders leave their valley. Chief Joseph, believing that resisting that order would bring suffering to his people, convinced his followers that it was best to yield. The course of events finally lead to retreat into Canada the Nez Perce’s best chance for survival. The story of Joseph never fails to arouse sympathy. Forty miles from Canada, along the Bear Paw mountains of Montana, Chief Joseph surrendered and said; “It is cold, and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing. I am tired, my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”
The survivors of the war of 1877 were sent off to Kansas and Oklahoma and then to the Colville Reservation. Chief Joseph died there in 1904. According to the agency report, he died of a broken heart.
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