Not really much of an update, but after a weekend hanging out with my Chickamauga tour group last weekend, many of whom have a strong interest in the western Indian Wars, I got a bit of the bug again for the Big Hole/Nez Perce project. One of those in attendance is involved with the Friends of Bear Paw, Big Hole, & Canyon Creek Battlefields group, and he did not hesitate to recommend Jerome Greene's Nez Perce Summer, 1877: The US Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis as the current definitive work on the Nez Perce campaign. So I have that title on order with Amazon.
I am still considering the options for 15mm infantry. Blue Moon have an ideal pack, but as they are 15/18mm they will tower over the Hovels Indians I have. However, I may go with a bit thicker base for the Indians which may offset the different in height between the two companies a bit as my options for other Indian Wars U.S. infantry is fairly limited.
I've also started laying out some preliminary plans to tour some of the Nez Perce sites. i believe that my wife would enjoy a trip to Montana and Wyoming from a scenic perspective.