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136 Years Since the Big Hole Battle to be Commemorated

Michael Penney and Nez Perce Nation Drummers
Michael Penney and Nez Perce Nation Drummers. (Photo courtesy of NPS)
On August 9 and 10, 1877, Nez Perce families, along with Palouse and Cayuse allies, attempting to leave their Idaho reservation, were attacked by the U.S. Seventh Infantry and civilian volunteers. Over 100 people lost their lives.

The 136th Commemoration of the Big Hole Battle will be this Saturday, August 10, at the Big Hole National Battlefield.

The activities will begin about 10 a.m. near the Nez Perce Camp, a three-quarters of mile walk from the lower parking lot. You are invited to bring water, sunscreen and a folding chair or blanket.

The Nez Perce veterans and tribal elders will remember and honor all who have fought and died on the battlefield in a pipe ceremony. NO PHOTOS will be allowed during this portion of the program.

Following the commemoration ceremonies, Michael Penney and the Nez Perce Nation Drum will perform.

The is no admission charge.

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