Chief Joseph Days

Chief Joseph Days

Last full weekend in July
Chief Joseph (1840-1904) was the chief of the Nez Perce Indians. When the U.S. government tried to force the Nez Perce Indians to relocate to a reservation in 1877, the chief decided instead to lead about 800 of his followers on a long journey to Canada. After many battles with the white soldiers who were pursuing him and who outnumbered his warriors by ten to one, Chief Joseph and his people were captured within 40 miles of the Canadian border and sent to reservations in Oklahoma, where many of them became ill and died.
Chief Joseph, who spent the rest of his life in exile and who pleaded with President Theodore Roosevelt to let his people return to their ancestral home, is honored with a four-day festival every July in Joseph, Oregon. Established in 1945, the festival features one of the largest rodeos in the Northwest, a traditional Indian dance contest, a Nez Perce encampment and powwow, parades, dances, a golf tournament, and a cowboy church service.
CONTACTS:
Chief Joseph Days and Rodeo Encampment
P.O. Box 13
Joseph, OR 97846
541-432-1015
www.chiefjosephdays.com
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Next week is rodeo, celebrating the cowboy traditions of the town, though named the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.
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