1 How did Chief Joseph’s tribe react to the first white men to arrive in their country



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Chief Joseph Questions

1 How did Chief Joseph’s tribe react to the first white men to arrive in their country (Lewis and Clark)?

2 What are some things the white man did to the tribe that were unfair?

3 Why couldn’t the tribe do anything about these injustices?

4 Think about what is said about the tribe’s way of life. What was the tragic flaw that prevented the tribe from destroying the white man early?

5 Chief Joseph would try to run to Canada but is eventually caught by the US Government. In his surrender speech, what reasons does he give for giving up the escape and fight?



6 Analyze the path taken by Chief Joseph to try to win equality and fairness for his people? Could he have done anything else that might have been a more effective path to equality? On the back of this paper, please write a paragraph explaining what would have been the best course of action for Chief Joseph, and other Indians. Be sure to back up your thoughts with logic and evidence.


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