Nez Perce ceremony marks 1877 battle with Army

Members of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho traveled to Montana to mark the site of an 1877 battle with the U.S. Army.

The September 13, 1877, battle at Canyon Creek took place as the tribe was fleeing to Canada. The tribe was refusing to be forced onto a small reservation.

The skirmish resulted in the deaths of three Nez Perce and three U.S. soldiers. The Army, however, was unable to stop the Nez Perce's flight at this point.

About 60 people attended the ceremony on Sunday.

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Honoring the fallen: Pipe ceremony salutes Nez Perce battle at Canyon Creek (The Billings Gazette 9/13)