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Nez Perce seek medal after a wild 202-year journey

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  • Nez Perce seek medal after a wild 202-year journey

    By John Miller
    Spalding, Idaho (AP)

    From the rolling Clearwater Valley to New York City’s concrete canyons, a silver medal that may have been given to a Nez Perce Indian chief by Lewis and Clark in 1806 has made an improbable journey.

    Its provenance isn’t ironclad, but some historians believe this Jefferson Peace Medal minted in Philadelphia went up the Missouri River in a pirogue, was buried in an Indian grave, later plundered by Northern Pacific Railroad workers, and eventually landed with Edward Dean Adams, the New York financier and J.P. Morgan contemporary.

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