In 1877 around 800 members of the Nez Perce Indian bands,  where ordered to move off their land onto the Idaho reservation. the group included all the families, men women and children and all their horses and cattle, as they got ready to comply trouble broke out. There was a short sharp battle which the Nez Perce won easily. The bands then took the decision to ride away. They then traveled for about 1,500 miles followed and attacked by ever growing  units of the American army. Eventually the main body of the tribe was forced to capitulate and agreed to a treaty, at this point they were about 40 miles from the Canadian border and some 300 men women and children escaped to join Sitting Bull in Canada. The treaty agreements were not held up by the army command and all those that agreed to the treaty were imprisoned in Kansas.