Chief Joseph Jennifer ennis & karla tungate

Date of Birth and Death

Occupation: Chief of the Nez Perce tribe Born: March 3, 1840 in the Wallowa Valley, Oregon Died: September 21, 1904 at the Colville Indian Reservation, Washington Best known for: Leading the Nez Perce in the Nez Perce War

Interesting Facts about Chief Joseph

The band of Nez Perce that he grew up with was the Wallowa band.
For his military genius during the retreat, he earned the nickname the "Red Napoleon."
His doctor said he died from a broken heart.
You can read about Chief Joseph in the book Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by author Scott O'Dell.
The Chief Joseph Dam on the Colombian River in Washington is the second largest hydro-power producing dam in the United States.
He once said that "All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers."


Early Life Chief Joseph was born a member of the Nez Perce tribe of Wallowa Valley, Oregon in 1840.
His Nez Perce name was Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt which means Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain.
Young Joseph was the son of Joseph the Elder, the local chief.
He grew up close friends with his brother Ollokot (aka Alikut, aka Little Frog).
He learned how to ride horses, hunt, and fish at a young age.


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