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Legislative Update | The Nez Perce War


The Wallowa Mountains from outside Enterprise

The Wallowa Mountains from outside Enterprise

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  • Oregon lawmakers have been at work for about three months now during the 2017 Legislative session. We’ll get an update from OPB political reporter Chris Lehman about how they’re moving forward with health, education, corporate taxes and the $1.6 billion budget gap.
  • After the Civil War ended, Gen. Oliver Otis Howard was put in charge of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, the first social welfare organization in this country. But after the efforts of Reconstruction collapsed, Howard got as far away from the politics of Washington, D.C. as he could — he came to Portland, Oregon. And it was in Oregon that he met Chief Joseph and led a four-month military campaign against the Nez Perce Tribe. Daniel Sharfstein has written a new book about Howard and Joseph.

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