Statamant of Senator Mike Mansfield (U. Montana)
· ~jecta Di& Hole National Monumont
Mr. President, on Saturday, August 26, a groundbreaking ceremony
will be held in Dig Hole Valley in western Montana signifying the be•
&inning of construction on new facilities at the site of a historic
Indian battle. Tho Monument is under the management of the National
Park Service and is west of the community of Wisdom. The Monument
commemorates tlw site of one of the most spectacular battles in the
retreat of ~1ief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians to the Canadian
border in 1877. Thia is a ceremony I would lil«t very much to attend,
but it does not look as though it will be possible. One of the moat
_;aspects of the program scheduled is that one of the participants will
be the last known survivor of the Big Hole Battle. He is Joa1ah Red
Wolf, 94 yoars old and a momber of tl~ Nez Perce Tribe now living in
Idaho. This battlefield monument has been enthusiastically received
by the people of western Montana, and, because of the cooperation ex•
tended by the National Park Service, we will soon havQ another fine
addition to tho many recreation and tourist facilities in the Big Sky
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to have printed in the
Congressional Record the feature story which appeared in the August 6,
1967, issue of the ~ontana Standard, a& well as the Sunday editions of
moat of Montana'& dailies • . '
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Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 43, Folder 78, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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