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Chief Joseph Battleground of Bear's Paw

Chinook, Montana
County of Blaine.
About 15 miles south of Chinook
National Register Number: 70000355
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Defense - battle site. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: MT-at-Large Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 7, 1988):
Site of the battle in which Chief Joseph and more than 400 Nez Perce Indians surrendered to the United States Army (1877). The Bear Paw surrender signaled the close of the Nez Perces' existence as an "independent Indian people." Henceforth, they lived as a group of displaced persons; in the white culture, but certainly not of it.

Currently there are no threats to the landmark.

The NPS recently acquired 190 acres at the site. This property was owned and managed by Montana State Fish Wildlife and Parks.

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