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Nez Perce Indian Chief Joseph
Chief Joseph


Born in 1840, Chief Joseph was a famous Native American Indian who was the leader of a band of the Nez Perce tribe. He took over as leader when his father, Joseph the Elder, died in 1871. In what many now consider to be one of the most famous retreats in U.S. history, Chief Joseph lead his ever-dwindling tribe up towards Canada. He died in 1904 before ever returning to the land where he was born and fought so hard to reclaim. There are many interesting facts about the life of Chief Joseph and the information below highlights why he was such an important figure in U.S. history.

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Basic Facts about Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph Retreat Facts

Facts on Chief Joseph's Surrender