Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation

  2001 Annual Meeting. Nespelem, Washington

      Wednesday Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001


A Remembrance of the Nez Perce War of 1877, those who participated, and their descendants; with Educational Reports by the Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation to all Nez Perce People, and to everyone sharing an interest in Nez Perce history and culture.


Featuring:          * Two full days of Educational and Interpretive Speakers, Authors, Researchers, Historians, Nez Perce Speakers, reports from Forest Service and Park Service. Meeting at the Nespelem Catholic Longhouse.

* Tipi, tent, RV camping, at the Colville Reservation Pow Wow Grounds, Nespelem, with Wednesday evening campfire talks.  Restrooms and showers available at the camp area.  Trading Post market nearby.

For motels in nearby towns of Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam, go to

For Meeting details go to the websites listed below.

* $55 registration fee.  No registration fee for Nez Perce descendants.


Registration includes: Two days Educational Sessions, Continental breakfast, coffee, punch, picnic lunch each day, Thursday evening dinner, camping, RV parking.


In 1885 the U.S. Government relocated Chief Joseph, and many of the Nez Perce taken as prisoners after the 1877 surrender at Bear Paw, from the Oklahoma Indian Territory to Nespelem, Washington, on the Colville Indian Reservation, ending an eight-year exile.   Although promised that he would be returned to his homeland near Wallowa, Chief Joseph was never allowed to live at his former homeland, and he died at his tipi at Nespelem, September 21, 1904 at the age of 60. 


Now, 97 years later, The Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation will hold the Annual Educational Meeting at Nespelem WA, near Coulee Dam, on Sept. 19 and 20.  We will discuss the exile years at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Quapah and Tonkawa, Oklahoma, as well as the following relocation to Nespelem. 


The Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation is dedicated to promoting education, sharing of research, telling the story of the Nez Perce, and establishing friendships among those with common interests.  The Foundation publishes a newsletter, maintains a website, hosts educational talks and meetings, and acts as a sounding board and liaison among various government, tribal, and private organizations.


Websites: (click on Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation), US Forest Service Nez Perce Trail site (note that in the above address, after is r1….r and the number 1, not an L) (click on Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation)

Area info, motels, camping etc:

For more information, contact Nick Hudson (President, NPNHTF), phone: (435) 655-3210,

e-mail:, mailing address: P.O. Box 1939, Lewiston, ID 83501



Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation 2001 Annual Meeting

Nespelem, Washington; Wednesday Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001


Program: (at Longhouse 1 mile North of Nespelem Chevron station)


TUESDAY, Sept. 18: Evening Campfire: Tipi Camp area, Nespelem Pow Wow Grounds


WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19:

8 - 9 AM:                Continental Breakfast/Registration, Catholic Longhouse, Nespelem

9 AM:                     NPNHTF President’s Welcome/Introductions, Nick Hudson

9:20 - 10AM:           Joseph Band Nez Perce Historical Summary, Frank Andrews, Joseph Band

10 - 10:30 AM:        Tawiakenwes: The Nespelem Cultural Center Plan, Charlie Moses

10:40 - 11 AM:        Research Report: Names of Indians with the Bands in the 1877 War

11 AM - 12 Noon:      Yellowstone National Park: New Interpretive plans, Rosemary Sucec (Yellowstone Center for Resources, Yellowstone National Park, Mammoth Hot Springs, WY)

Noon - 1 PM:          Lunch:Research Resources: Dennis Baird, Univ.of Idaho Library, Moscow

1 - 1:30 PM:            U.S. Forest Service Report on Nez Perce National Historic Trail, Keith Thurlkill (USFS, Nez Perce NHT Coordinator); Dan Gard (NPNHT Project Mgr.)

1:30 - 2PM:             U.S. Forest Service: Lolo Trail: Update and Lewis & Clark planning

2 - 2:30 PM:            U.S. Forest Service: Wallowa-Whitman, Hells Gate, Eagle Cap, Kendall Clark (Forest Supervisor, Wallowa-Whitman N.F.)

2:30 - 3 PM:            U.S. Forest Service: Clearwater, Shoshone, other Forests

3 - 4 PM:                Inter-Tribal Discussion: Nez Perce Tribe (Lapwai, Idaho), Chief Joseph Band (Nespelem, Washington), Umatilla Tribe (Mission, Oregon)

4 - 4:30 PM:            Wallowa Coalition: Homeland Project, and “Tamkaliks”

6 PM:                     Dinner on your own/Evening Campfire talks: Tipi Camp area, Nespelem Pow Wow Grounds


THURSDAY, Sept. 20:

8 - 9 AM:                Continental Breakfast/Registration, Catholic Longhouse, Nespelem

9 - 9:15 AM:           NPNHTF President’s Welcome/Introductions, Nick Hudson

9:15 - 10:15 AM:      Nez Perce Women: Discussion Group, Ruth Wapato and others

10:15 - 11:30 AM:      Eekish Pah: The Hot Country - The Nez Perce Exile in Kansas & Oklahoma”, newly found documentation, Larry O’Neill (Researcher, Baxter Springs, KS)

11:30 - 1:30 PM:      Picnic Lunch/Guest Speakers (provided by the NPNHT Foundation): Early Nespelem History and tour to see Chief Joseph’s camp area, old Longhouse.

1:30 - 3 PM:            Early Nespelem-Nez Perce Anecdotal Stories and History/The impact of the Dawes (Allotment) Act, Chief Joseph Band Speakers

3 - 4 PM:                Nez Perce National Historical Park: “What’s New”, Doug Eury (NPNHP Superintendent), U.S. Dept. of the Interior and NPS staff (Big Hole Battlefield, Bear Paw Battlefield, Oregon & Washington Unit)

4 - 5 PM:                NPNHT Foundation Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers

6 PM:                     Evening Dinner: Nespelem/Coulee Dam area.


The story of the Nez Perce is an important story to be told, and for us to know; Because of what occurred in their lives, because of what they endured, because they survived; when we know these things, we can be moved and inspired to find in ourselves more dignity, more strength.  When we know their story…we know that we can do more in our own lives.