Chief Joseph Battleground of the Bear's Paw

Also known as: Bearpaw Mountain Fight (Snake Creek Fight)
About 15 mi. S of Chinook, T 30N R 19E, Sections 1 and 12, Chinook, Montana

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Description 

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. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 7, 1988

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 6, 1970
Reference number
70000355
Area of significance
Military
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Site
Historic function
Battle site
Current function
Park
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1877
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing objects: 3