This presentation will discuss the history of the M-Y Sweetwater Appaloosa and the family history as it relates to the Nez Perce Historical Trail from 1805 to present.
Rosa Yearout is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a direct descendant of Chief Red Grizzly Bear, Blackeagle and Paul Showaway. Rosa has ridden the Nez Perce Historical Trail twice with the Chief Joseph Trail ride, covering approximately 2,600 miles. Rosa and husband Jon raise Nez Perce Appaloosas and are members of the Nez Perce Appaloosa Horse club. Rosa and Jon have 9 children, 27 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Rosa writes a monthly article to the Idaho Catholic register and is actively involved in the Sacred Heart Parish in Lapwai. Rosa also is actively learning the Nez Perce Language.
Angel Sobotta is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a direct descendant of Chief Red Grizzly Bear and Old Chief Joseph. She is the Nez Perce Language coordinator and the Nez Perce Arts Council chairperson. She has written and performed in the Nez Perce legend plays. She also wrote the scripts for “Walking on Sacred Ground–The Nez Perce Lolo Trail” and also wrote and narrated “Surviving Lewis and Clark–The Niimíipuu Story” winning the Aurora and Telly awards respectively. She is a graduate from University of Washington, where she received a B.A. as a General Studies major focusing on Public Relations/Indian Studies. She is in her last year at the University of Idaho graduate school working towards an interdisciplinary Masters focusing on the Nez Perce Language. As part of her Masters, she will teach Nez Perce Language 101 and 102 at the Lewis-Clark State College for the 2012 – 2013 academic school year.
Angel is also a member of the Nez Perce Appaloosa Horse Club and a member of the McFarland-Yearout (M-Y) family which owns the largest herds of appaloosa horses for a Nez Perce family.
In 1986 Congress enacted legislation that established the Nez Perce National Historic Trail which follows the 1,170 mile route of the 1877 war and flight of the Nez Perce.
2012 marks the 135th year since the 1877 war and flight. The staff of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail in conjunction with a number of partners are hosting a website providing information about this and other events happening during the next several months to commemorate the events of 1877. We encourage people to learn more about the culture of the Nez Perce people and the significant historic events associated with the National Historic Trail.