Headline: "Joint Session"

Source: The Spokesman-Review, June 4, 1885 (page number?)

Subject: meeting of Chief Moses and Chief Joseph

Synopsis: At a delegation of Indians, Chief Joseph and Chief Moses met and embraced. Suspicions are high surrounding the union of the Colville and the Nez Perce. But on the other hand, Joseph's previous defeat and imprisonment will probably discourage him from going to war again.

Notable Quotation: "It does not look well for Moses to fall in with Joseph as though just meeting with a long lost twin brother, and it is thought that some trouble may yet grow out of the combination."

Observation: The article gives an interesting hint of relations between the various tribes on the Colville Reservation, with Moses described as being on the outs with the Colvilles.

 

"Joint Session"

 

We are informed by a gentleman recently from fort Spokane that the band of Nez Perces were met at the post by a delegation of Indians from the reservation and a grand pow wow was held. Among the committee of reception was Chief Moses, and the old gentleman of the tinctured skin warmly welcomed Joseph, the warrior chief of the pilgrims. It is said that the Colville Indians are down on Moses like a thousand of brick, and openly show their dislike. They kicked when Moses was assigned to that reservation, charging him with such human frailties as treachery, cowardice[,] and several other unenviable attributes. It does not look well for Moses to fall in with Joseph as though just meeting with a long lost twin brother, and it is thought that some trouble may yet grow out of the combination. Perhaps it will be confined to the mixture of tribes on the reservation, but it could easily be extended so as to take in the white race. However, the talk of trouble is only conjecture, and it is hardly probable that any further difficulties will ever occur with these nations. The country has become well settled and the number of available Indians too small to accomplish any undertaking of a warlike character. Besides, Joseph's experience has had a salutary effect, and Joe is not at all anxious to be drawn into a renewal of hostilities, as nothing but extermination of the red men could result therefrom. Our informant states that the confab was a warm one. Some of the speeches made by the big men of various tribes represented were quite oratorical and sensible. The talk was sufficiently important to induce several of the leading Indians to take a jaunt across the continent in order to meet face to face the white father, and explain their grievances, and ask for some kind of settlement. The conference broke up after a partially satisfactory session and the new candidates for corner lots in the reservation were installed in their new home.