Battle of Canyon Creek Historical Marker
A historical marker was dedicated at this location to commemorates the Battle of Canyon Creek on September 13, 1877. In this battle, the Nez Perce Indian tribe was intercepted by the United States 7th Calvary. In the months leading up to the battle, Nez Perce who did not sign treaties challenged the authority of those agreements, leading to a confrontation and the tribe's decision to flee from US troops. The Nez Perce sought aide from the Crow Tribe and the Lakota tribe, but both denied their request for fear of reprisal. In response, the Nez Perce turned north and tried to flee to the safety of Canada while the 7th Cavalry pursued them. The Battle of Canyon Creek ensued near this location when the 7th Cavalry caught up to the tribe.
Backstory and Context
Welsch, Jeff. Battle of Canyon Creek. Billings Gazette. September 06, 2017. http://billingsgazette.com/battle-of-canyon-creek/article_2ae76ef4-96e6-539e-b66a-e5e8537d1260.html.