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Interview with Dan Nankin (continuation)

Photo by MaTT De Vlieger

During the interview, Dan recalls the history of Chief Joseph, leader of the Nez Perce. He fears that the camp gets attacked at the break of dawn, as the US army forces did in 1877 when Chief Joseph, White Bird and their people attempted to join Sitting Bull in Canada, resisting displacement.

A bit of history of the Nez Perce’s homeland: “The 1855 treaty established a 7.5 million acre reservation, but before the treaty was even ratified, mass trespass driven by gold discoveries throughout the region resulted in boom towns and violence between the Nez Perce and whites. The Nez Perce appealed to Congress to honor the terms of the treaty, and in response, the federal government reduced the size of the 1855 reservation by 90%. White immigrants demanded that the government move, forcibly if required, all Nez Perce living outside the new reservation boundaries onto the new reservation. Chief Joseph and his band in the Wallowa Valley refused, precipitating the Nez Perce War of 1877. The present Nez Perce reservation is 770,000 acres.”

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