The Exile
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 08.374 W 112° 53.938
12T E 348108 N 4889127
Quick Description: One of several history signs at the Birch Creek Recreation Site on Idaho Hwy. 28.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 10:36:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMEVG6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 1

Long Description:
This sign is on one of six display panels in the Sacajawea Interpretive Kiosk near the entrance to the Birch Creek Recreation Site located along Idaho Hwy. 28 about 50 miles south of Leadore, Idaho.
Marker Name: The Exile

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
“Let the nation in its glory Bow with Shame before the story Of the hero it has ruined and the evil it has done.” - Harper’s New Monthly, 1879 Chief Joseph accompanied his people into exile, first in the unhealthy lowlands of Kansas and later in the windswept prairies of Indian Territory in what is ow Oklahoma. The exiled group included 79 men, 178 women, and 174 children. Te group was initially transported to Fort Keogh in the Montana Territory, then on to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where they spent a miserable winter in squalid conditions. In the spring they were moved to Baxter Springs, the Quapaw Agency and finally the Ponca Agency in Oklahoma. During this time of continued death and deprivation, Joseph took every opportunity to publicize their plight to advance their return to the beloved homeland. Finally in 1885, Joseph’s persistence, coupled with a sympathetic press, strong public support and pressure from the Presbyterian Church, convinced the government to allow the remaining 268 survivors to return to the Northwest. Of that group, 118 Nez Perce went to the reservation at Lapwai. Chief Joseph and others who would not renounce their traditional religious beliefs were sent to the Colville reservation near Nespelem, Washington. The tribe was never allowed to reclaim its Wallowa homeland. Chief Joseph, the most famous of the Nez Perce leaders, died and was buried in Nespelem in 1904. The Nez Perce removal and exile remains one of the darkest chapters in American history. The 1800 mile journey of 800 brave men, women and children wanting to live and believe as they chose stands as one of the most courageous stories in our nation’s past.

County: Clark

Group Responsible for Placement: State of Idaho and Sacajawea Scenic Byway

City: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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