Chief Joseph
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"Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt", Hinmatóowyalahtq?it in Americanist phonetic notation/Americanist orthography, popularly known as "Chief Joseph", or "Young Joseph", succeeded his father "Old Chief Joseph/Tuekakas" (Chief Joseph the Elder) as the leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce people/Nez Perce, a Indigenous peoples of the Americas/Native American tribe indigenous to the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon, in the interior Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

He led his band during the most tumultuous period in their contemporary history when they were Indian removal/forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in the Wallowa Valley by the United States federal government and forced to move northeast, onto the significantly reduced Indian reservation/reservation in Lapwai, Idaho/Lapwai, Idaho Territory. A series of events that culminated in episodes of violence led those Nez Perce who resisted removal including Joseph's band and an allied band of the Palouse/Palouse tribe to take flight to attempt to reach political asylum, ultimately with the Lakota people/Lakota chief Sitting Bull in Canada.

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