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    The Nez Percé War

    A certain Pacific Northwest tribe of Shahaptin stock was dubbed the Nez Percé by French-Canadian trappers, probably because some of the natives sported nose ornaments. The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery encountered them in 1805. The Nez Percé then comprised some 6,000 people. A famous 1877 fighting retreat led by Chief Joseph¹ (b. 1840), Chief White Bird, and others turned out to be the final and most extended Indian war in the region.



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