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Lapwai began as a mission to the Nez PercÚ established in 1836 by Henry and Eliza Spalding, who came west with Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. It was far more successful than Waiilatpu, the Whitman's mission in Cayuse country downriver, counting Chief Joseph's father among its converts. By Joseph's time Lapwai had become a reservation, and in 1889 Alice Fletcher arrived there to administrate the 1887 Dawes Act, breaking Lapwai into allotments and thereby trying to break the tribal bonds that united its people.

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