In one of my excursions in Northeastern Oregon, I met a man. A native american from the Nez Perce tribe. We had many talks and I was intrigued about his family history. Also of his people. He talked about how they lived in the Wallowa Valley of Northeastern Oregon. He gave me insight to the grand father, Tuekakas (Chief Joseph the Elder) as the leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce and the Chief's famous son; Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, Hinmatóowyalahtq̓it in Americanist as orthography, popularly know as Chief Joseph, or Young Joseph ( March 3, 1840 - September 21, 1904) Young Joseph was famous for leading his people out of the Wallowas to evade the U.S. Solidiers that were sent to capture him because of rebellion against U.S authority. I will not go into that in detail, but he was finally caught and surrendered. Thus the famous quote was heard and instilled in the hearts of Nez Perce. "I will fight no more forever!".
With that, my friend invited me to his homestead in what he called "The little Park" located just west of the great Wallowa-Whitman National Forest about a mile or two north of Medical Springs in Baker County just south of the town of Union in Union County (La Grande area) of Northeastern Oregon.