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The seemingly peaceful site of Joseph’s surrender on Snake Creek, Bears Paw Mts., Montana

Another Time of Reflection at Bears Paw



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The support of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, designated by Congress on October 6, 1986, is a major activity of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation. The Trail route is 1,170 miles long, beginning at Wallowa Lake, Oregon, and ending at the Bear Paw Battleground in Montana. The Nez Perce Trail Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and commemoration of all aspects of the heritage of the Nez Perce War of 1877 and its aftermath. A significant Foundation goal is to have the Nez Perce route available to auto travel, hiking, and equestrian use for experiencing the history, recreational and ceremonial observances.


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The Nez Perce Trail Foundation is moving up to the next level! We continue our commitment to preserve, protect and commemorate the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. With a new efficient business plan in place for 2015, our NPTF volunteers are working very hard to carry out the responsibilities and operations of the Foundation. We continue our commitment to serve our Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management partners. We are greatly indebted to those who have supported our efforts in the past, but the legacy must continue into the future.

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Wendell L. Davis

July 20, 1949  -  November 13, 2014

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Wendell Lee Davis, a true warrior and member of the Nez Perce Tribe, passed away on November 13, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Wendell was born in Orofino, Idaho. He was a long time community member of Kamiah, and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church.

In 1968, he graduated from Kamiah High School, and received his Associate’s Degree in Education from Bacone Junior College in Oklahoma. He also attended Eastern Oregon College in 1978.

During his life, Wendell was employed at Three Rivers Timber Company, Weyerhauser Lumber, Head Start, the National Forest Service, and the It’se Ye Ye Casino. He retired in 2013.

Hobbies included watching sports with his family, bowling, and working on the Nez Perce Trail projects. He took part in the annual Nez Perce Trail Foundation Summer Trip through Yellowstone in 2013, and enjoyed learning about his heritage and history.

Wendell is survived by his aunt Caron Spencer, Lapwai; sister Sandy Holt, Lapwai; sister Marci Bailey, Kamiah; daughter Frances Walker, Lapwai; son Winfred Davis, Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews that he adored.

Services were held at the Wa A Yas Community Center, with burial at the Second Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Kamiah.


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“Landscape of History, The Nez Perce Story”

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*** NPTF Business Plans ***

The NPTF is developing new business development plans for 2015

Would YOU like to be a part of preserving and experiencing history? YOU can make a difference.

The NPTF and TRAIL Preservation efforts are growing, and we need YOU!

Current Openings in

Merchandising    Marketing     Grants

  Project Directors  for 2015 Volunteer On-Site Trail Work & Projects 

These are voluntary positions, some requiring accounting, inventory responsibilities, and/or travel.

*Also Consider serving on the Executive Committee or Board of Directors

as Term Positions become Available

Please inquire at: Khnezpercetrail@gmail.com


The National Park Service Turns 100

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will mark its Centennial celebration, and will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s National Parks.

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Last updated: November 20, 2014 at 20:32 pm

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The Trail Foundation has lost another friend.
Wendell Lee Davis, a true warrior and member of the Nez Perce Tribe, passed away on November 13, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
See more details of Wendell's life at nezpercetrail.net.

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