“The Battle of To-hots-nim-me” Sunday, November 18

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On Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. local historian Mahlon Kriebel and Native American Frank Si John take you on a journey back in time to the Battle of To-hots-nim-me in the Norma McGregor Room at the Colfax Library. Kriebel will discuss his new book “The Battle of To-hots-nim-me”. Si John, an educator who is passionate and proud of his Coeur d’Alene Indian heritage, will share his family and tribal history.

Kriebel and Si John have been working together for a number of years to blend Indian Oral Traditions to the written accounts of Chief Vincent and Colonel Steptoe’s Battle of To-hots-nim-me. Kriebel has said, “It is truly remarkable that there is such agreement on major events. As one would expect there are some discrepancies which reflect that people remember events differently depending on their perspective.” As a part of their research Kriebel and Si John visited the battle location and the campsites used by Colonel Steptoe’s troops and the Indians.

The morning of the battle Steptoe marched along a trail leading directly to the Indian Camp, Seelah. Chief Vincent stopped the Steptoe column just two miles from Seelah. The two leaders had a parlay, and Steptoe agreed to return to Fort Walla Walla. However, Steptoe only retreated two miles to a defensible redoubt. Two more parlays followed and a sub chief by the name of Victor advocated peace and that each party should “return to their lodges without battle”. The peace lasted only an hour. The details of the battle and its aftermath will be shared at the program.

Copies of Kriebel’s book will be available for purchase.


For more information, contact:

Andrea at Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 or toll-free 877-733-3375.

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