Chief Joseph's Surrender

Chief Joseph's Surrender (HM2N47)

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N 48° 22.574', W 109° 12.659'

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October 5, 1887 11:00 a.m.

With the fighting at a standoff, himató・yalahtq'it (Chief Joseph) met with Colonel Miles near this site. Surrender was a survival strategy, to keep the Nez Perce people alive and together. One witness reported that Chief Joseph spoke these words:

Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before I have in my heart. I an tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed. Looking Glass is dead. Tukulxućú・t is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who leads the young men is dead. It is cold and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death.
My people some of them have run away to the hills and have no blankets, no food; no one knows where they are, perhaps freezing to death. I want to look for my children and see how many I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me my chiefs, I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
HM NumberHM2N47
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12U E 632476 N 5359664
Decimal Degrees48.37623333, -109.21098333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 22.574', W 109° 12.659'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 22' 34.44" N, 109° 12' 39.54" W
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