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Near Lapwai in Nez Perce County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Indian Agent's Residence

 
 
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1. Indian Agent's Residence Marker
Caption: John Monteith, agent for eight years, including the 1877 war, was known as a man of strong integrity. He also believed that the Nez Perce should abandon their traditions and convert to the new cultural values.
Inscription.  The Indian Agent, representing the United States Government, lived here side by side with the Nez Perce. By law the agent and the government were responsible for upholding the terms of treaties. Duties included building schools, distributing food, and protecting Indian land from encroaching settlers. This agency residence was completed in 1891. Land and gold proved to be irresistible attractions. By the 1860s more than 18,000 people had settled illegally within Nez Perce reservation boundaries. Successive agents could do little to defuse the tensions that eventually led to war. Some even took advantage of the system to line their own pockets. Agent and Indians lived in close proximity, yet proximity did not forge understanding, and the system failed to protect Nez Perce interests.
 
Erected by Nez Perce National Historical Park.
 
Location. 46° 26.909′ N, 116° 49.105′ W. Marker is near Lapwai, Idaho, in Nez Perce County. Marker is on 403 Road near Watson's Store Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lapwai ID 83540, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 7, 2018
2. Indian Agent's Residence and Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. Coming of the Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Spalding’s Presbyterian Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Watson's Store (about 700 feet away); Spalding’s Gristmill Canals (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lapwai Mission Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rev. Henry Harmon Spalding (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nez Perce Village Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clearwater River (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lapwai.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Nez Perce National Historical Park, Spalding's Mission site.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 7, 2018
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