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Wallowa County, OR, United States
Joseph , Oregon

The Old Chief Joseph Gravesite, also known as Nez Perce Traditional Site, Wallowa Lake, Chief Joseph Cemetery and Joseph National Indian Cemetery is a 5-acre (20,000 m2) Native American cemetery near Joseph, Oregon. The area was also a traditional campsite of the Nez Perce and may be archaeologically significant.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1985, listed as Wallowa Lake Site.It is a component of the Nez Perce National Historical Park.

It is the burial place of Old Chief Joseph, the father of Chief Joseph.When Old Joseph died in 1871, he had a traditional burial at the forks of the Lostine and Wallowa rivers.In 1886 his grave was desecrated by local property owners and his skull was removed as a souvenir.In 1926, the remains of the elder Chief Joseph were reburied. His grave is marked by a tall stone marker bearing the legend, "To The Memory of Old Chief Joseph, Died 1870." The cemetery is a sacred place for the Nez Perce people.

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