Nez PercePresenter: Walter Fleming

Dates: Monday, Oct. 19

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: “From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.” On October 5, 1877, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce formally submitted to General Nelson Miles in the Bear Paw Mountains, Montana Territory, less than 40 miles from the Canadian border. Chief Joseph had led approximately 750 Nez Perce on a three month, 1,170 mile journey in an attempt to escape the inevitability of reservation life. In a journey that included passage through the newly created Yellowstone Park, the Nez Perce eluded nearly a thousand U. S. soldiers led by General Oliver Howard, until starvation and freezing temperatures forced Chief Joseph to give up his fight.

Instructor Bio:
Water FlemingDr. Walter C. Fleming is a professor in and department head of the Native American Studies at Montana State University, Bozeman. He has taught American Indian history and culture courses at the University for 35 years. Professor Fleming is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Native American History and History and Foundation of American Indian Education and co-editor of Visions of an Enduring People, and numerous book chapters and articles. Fleming is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. He was born on the Crow Indian Reservation (Montana) and raised on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, also in Montana.


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