The Nez Perce People and Fort Vancouver

Nez Perce at Reconciliation Ceremony

In 1877, 33 members of Chief Redheart's Band of the Nez Perce Tribe were captured under the direction of General O.O. Howard. Even though this band of the Nez Perce neither fought in the Indian Wars nor committed any crimes, they were kept prisoner a Fort Vancouver until April 22, 1878. In 1998, the Nez Perce returned to Vancouver Barracks for the first time since 1878. There they performed a reconciliation ceremony to honor the memory of their ancestors and to heal old wounds.

The public is invited to participate in the ceremonies which occur each year in April.  The ceremony, includes honor songs, drumming and an empty saddle ceremony featuring the famous Nez Perce Appaloosas.