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Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe Nez Perce 1871–1904 Born March 3, 1840 Wallowa Valley, Oregon Died September 21, 1904 (aged 64) Colville Indian Reservation


In the 1600's French trappers noticed colorful horses inhabiting The Palouse River Valley, home to the Nez Perce Indians in Washington and Idaho. The trappers began referring to this type of horse as "a Palousie" which later became Appaloosa. However these little spotted horses came to them, the Nez Perce realized their value for hunting and war in the high plateau country. Long-skilled as dog breeders, the Nez Perce where the first selective breeders of American Appaloosas.