Annual Commemoration of the Battle of Bear Paw

Date & Time
10/07/2017 10:00 AM
Fee Information
Free and open to the public

This year marks the 140th anniversary of the Nez Perce Flight of 1877.  Fighting a defensive retreat over 1,200 miles and four months the non-treaty bands stopped at C’aynnim Alikinwaaspa (place of the manure fire) on September 29, 1877.  They stopped to rest and gather food before heading into Canada; the last option for any semblance of peace and safety for their remaining people.  At the place now known as Bear Paw Battlefield a six day battle and siege was fought before an agreement to quit fighting was made with the US Army on October 5, 1877.

Every fall Nez Perce descendants and others return to the battlefield to commemorate this event and honor those involved in a moving memorial service. This year's events will take place on Saturday, October 7, starting at 10:00am.  Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no admission fee.  Photography is not allowed during certain ceremonies. Layered warm clothing is advised and everyone is encouraged to bring their own chairs. On-site facilities are limited to a small picnic shelter and vault toilets. A 1.25 mile self-guided interpretive trail through the battlefield describes the events of 1877.

Bear Paw Battlefield, a unit of the Nez Perce National Historical Park, is located sixteen miles south of Chinook, Montana on Route 240 (Cleveland Road).  Services are available in Chinook, motel accommodations can be limited.  Further accommodations and services are also available twenty two miles west in Havre. 

Questions may be directed to the National Park Service office in Chinook at (406) 357-3130 or email us. Directions to the battlefield can be found on the park's directions page.

Bear Paw Battlefield, Chinook MT

10:00 AM

Fee Information:
Free and open to the public

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Wisdom, MT 59761


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