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Nez Percé Indians

Northwestern tribe whose name is derived from the custom of wearing nose pendants. First encountered by Lewis and Clark, they were praised in Irving's Adventures of Captain Bonneville for their high culture and long-standing friendliness with the whites. After a fraudulent treaty by which the Americans obtained their gold lands, an uprising occurred (1877), led by Chief Joseph.

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The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story

Elliott West

A part of Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series, The Last Indian War offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom.

The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story
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