National Park Service nears agreement to acquire Bear Paw Battlefield


The National Park Service is planning ahead for when it takes ownership of Bear Paw Battlefield south of Chinook.

Jon James, superintendent of Bear Paw Battlefield and Big Hole Battlefield, said Tuesday the National Park Service and the state Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks reached an agreement in July to find a way for the Park Service to take possession of the battlefield, now owned by the state.

"We have some hoops to jump through," he added. "By the end of 2004 we'll probably have something worked out."

The site, part of the Nez Perce National Historic Park since 1992, was the end...

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