“Chief Joseph’s “I Will Fight No More Forever” speech is published on October 26, 1877, including by the Bismarck Tri-Weekly Tribune. Several versions are related by witnesses. The Bismarck Tri-Weekly Tribune publishes:

Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before I have in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed. Looking Glass is dead. Ta-hool-hool-shoot is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who leads the young men is dead. It is cold and we have no blankets. The little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills and have no blankets, no food; no one knows where they are—may be freezing to death. I want time to look for my children and see how many of them I can find. May be I shall find them among the dead. Hear me my chiefs; I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.

Attributed to Chief Joseph, The Bismarck Tri-Weekly Tribune


Chief Joseph was one of the key Native American chiefs in the wars between the encroaching American frontiersmen and the Native American tribes living on the Plains.”

Book Title: Thunder in the mountains : Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War 

Book Author: Sharfstein, Daniel J. 

Dewey Decimal Call Number: 970.3 NEZ PERCE B 1963

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