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Learn the Legend of ‘Poker Joe’

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The Ravalli County Museum. (KLYQ File Photo)
A free lecture Thursday November 7 at the Ravalli County Museum will detail the life of “Poker Joe” Lean Elk, during the time of Chief Joseph.

Chief Joseph is remembered for leading his people out of an Idaho reservation, attempting to escape to Canada. The Nez Perce passed through the Bitterroot Valley and battled the U.S. Army in the Big Hole.

Poker Joe, who was reportedly very good at the poker card game, was the chief architect of the Nez Perce retreat following the Big Hole battle. He was accidentally killed by one of his own people in the Bear Paw Mountains, where Chief Joseph surrendered to authorities.

Phillip Burgess will present information on Poker Joe at 6 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the museum Thursday evening, which is the weekly free admission late night opening of the Ravalli County Museum. The lecture is sponsored by Humanities Montana and the free and late Thursdays are sponsored in part by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

The Ravalli County Museum is at the corner of Bedford and South Third Street in Hamilton. For more information, call 363-3338.

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