Tribute to Chief Joseph,
Native people rights

The track Spirit Of The Land



To Chief Joseph (1832-1904)

"Treat all men alike.... give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who is born a free man should be contented when penned up and denied the liberty to go where he pleases. We only ask an even chance to live as other men live. We ask to be recognized as men. Let me be a free man...free to travel... free to stop...free to work...free to choose my own teachers...free to follow the religion of my
Fathers...free to think and talk and act for myself."
(Chief Joseph)

Joseph was 45 years old when he became chief of the Nez Percez's tribe. His name was In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat (Thunder coming up over the land from the water). In 1855, his father had signed a treaty that allowed his people to retain much of their traditional lands. Eight years later another treaty was created that seriously cut down on the amount of land. Joseph's father maintained that this second treaty was never agreed to by his people. Chief Joseph and his people after the fighting and the long marches were sent to a reservation that is now Oklahoma and were never permitted to see the land of their ancestors. Again...

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