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The Big Hole Battle Happened This Weekend 137 Years Ago

Big Hole Battlefield
Big Hole Battlefield. (File Photo)
The commemoration of the Big Hole Battle will be held Saturday morning at the Big Hole Battlefield.

The ceremony will honor all who have fought and died on the Battlefield through a pipe ceremony and drum circle, starting at 10 a.m.. NO Photos during that ceremony, please!

The ceremony will be near the Nez Perce Camp, which about three-quarters of a mile from the Visitors Center at the National Park Service facility. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen and a lawn chair or blanket.

Michael Penney and the Nez Perce Nation Drum will have a presentation at the Visitor Center Saturday, after the commemoration and again Sunday at 12 noon.

A campfire program will happen at the May Creek Campground at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. That campground is just off Highway 43 about 7 miles west of the battlefield, on your way to Chief Joseph Pass.

The battlefield was established to remember the Nez Perce War of 1877, and the single incident when 75 to 90 Nez Perce men, women and children and 31 soldiers and volunteers lost their lives August 9 and 10, 1877.

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