Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Christopher L. Miller

Second Advisor

Dr. Linda English

Third Advisor

Dr. Russell K. Skowronek


Chief Lawyer of the Nez Perce has been misunderstood for over 150 years. The purpose of this thesis is to dispel the myth of the good/bad dichotomy about a two-dimensional Chief Lawyer. A man lacking any deeper motives than to gain favor with the Whites and get what he could for himself before the offer at hand was removed from the negotiating table. By reexamining the literature with new eyes one might apply a different paradigm exposing another dimension to Lawyer’s character, one that has long been overlooked. This study will use the concept of the “working misunderstanding” as its lens for this examination, hoping to shed new light on this century and a half of controversy.


Copyright 2010 Daniel R. Gibbs. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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