Monroe lawyer Burton Parker was Indian advocate

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This image of one of the tribal families of the Nez Perce shows the generational influences that motivated them to fight for their territorial and citizenship rights. These families traveled nearly 1,170 miles through the mountains and canyons of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon during the spring and summer of 1877.

This is a photo of Chief Wets of the Assinaboine Tribe.  He joined Chief Joseph of the Wallowa Band of the Nez Perce and other tribal leaders in fighting during the Nez Perce War of 1877 that tried to force these “non-treaty” Indians to give up their lands in the Pacific Northwest.

This is a photo of Chief Wets of the Assinaboine Tribe. He joined Chief Joseph of the Wallowa Band of the Nez Perce and other tribal leaders in fighting during the Nez Perce War of 1877 that tried to force these “non-treaty” Indians to give up their lands in the Pacific Northwest.

Chester A. Arthur – America’s 21st president who served from 1881 to 1885.  Arthur was an advocate for Indian education, private Indian land ownership, and making state laws applicable on Indian reservations.

Chester A. Arthur – America’s 21st president who served from 1881 to 1885. Arthur was an advocate for Indian education, private Indian land ownership, and making state laws applicable on Indian reservations.

Burton Parker, circa 1870's.  Parker rose to the rank of Colonel in the Civil War and served Monroe citizens as mayor, circuit court commissioner and president of the Monroe school board before becoming an Indian agent during the U.S. presidential administration of Chester A. Arthur.

Burton Parker, circa 1870’s. Parker rose to the rank of Colonel in the Civil War…

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