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Near Chinook in Blaine County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Chief Joseph's Surrender

October 5, 1887 11:00 a.m.

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
1. Chief Joseph's Surrender Marker
Inscription.  With the fighting at a standoff, himató・yalahtq'it (Chief Joseph) met with Colonel Miles near this site. Surrender was a survival strategy, to keep the Nez Perce people alive and together. One witness reported that Chief Joseph spoke these words:

Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before I have in my heart. I an tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed. Looking Glass is dead. Tukulxućú・t is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who leads the young men is dead. It is cold and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death.
My people some of them have run away to the hills and have no blankets, no food; no one knows where they are, perhaps freezing to death. I want to look for my children and see how many I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me my chiefs, I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series.
Chief Joseph's Surrender Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
2. Chief Joseph's Surrender Marker
This marker is included in the The Nez Perce Trail marker series.
 
Location. 48° 22.574′ N, 109° 12.659′ W. Marker is near Chinook, Montana, in Blaine County. Marker can be reached from Cleveland Road (County Road 240) near S-B Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chinook MT 59523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soldier Burials (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Last Battle (about 700 feet away); ćáynim?a•lika?spe (about 700 feet away); Nez Perce National Historical Park (about 700 feet away); Bear Paw Battlefield (about 700 feet away); Bear's Paw Battleground (about 700 feet away); Surrender of Chief Joseph (about 700 feet away); Nez Perce Encampment (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinook.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Bear Paw Battlefield Trail. The trail is a loop, about 1 1/4 miles long, starting at the Bear Paw Battlefield parking lot.
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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