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101-Sowiette - Political Chief of the Utes

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1980
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324024
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ff3qhk

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Title 101-Sowiette - Political Chief of the Utes
Description Orson F. Whitney sayss "Settlers in Salt Lake Valley were not mush molested by the red men," although "... several Indian children were ransomed the first winter by the settlers at the fort to save thea from being shot to death or tortured by their merciless captors, "11 Before the pioneers had. been long in the valley, the leaders Here encouraging the people to keep a guard arourel their cattle, and they were cautioned not to sell guns or ammunition to the Indians, or allow them to steal from them. Tlie Indian practice of capturing and selling children from weaker 1x11)65 proved a. hard custom for the settlers to deal with. At first, Brigham Young allowed the Mormon Settlers to trade for the children, under a regulation that they would be cared for anri educated on an apprenticeship basis. According to a history complied In the 19l*0's by a team of WFA researchers1^ who made an inventory of Sanpete County archives, it is possible that one of the underlying causes of the trouble with the Indians during the tfaUcer War may have been the effort of the settlers to enforce the Indian Slave Trade Law, which prohibited the settlers from buying the Indian children. Enforcement of this law is believed to have fired the flame that erupted into the Walker Har. Sonne records that in 1850 the Shoshones ambushed a party of Utes in the mountains. Walker and Arapene smoked the warpipe and organized a raiding party, and Chief Walker called on Brighaa Young asking that some of the young men of the settlement at Fort Utah be sent to assist the Utes in theix retaliation against the Shoshones. Brigham Young would not listen to his request and urged the warlike chief to cease fighting and bloodshed.*3 "Sowiette, when he heard of their plans, urged them to stay home and heed the "big Kormon Chief's1 counsel. Walker turned his back on peace talk; nothing SoHiette could say would stop him." How many raids Walker made against the Shoshones at this tine is not known, but the grisly account of their triumphal celebration in July is recorded by Peter Gottfredson, 0,F. Whitney, Conwsy B. Sonne,1^ aid possibly others. It is suggested that possibly this rebuff by Brigham Young aay have caused Walker to become sympathetic to a proposed attack against Fort Utah. Again Chief Sowiette advocated peace. Although he, too, realized that white encroachment was taking up lands and forests and streams that had been the domain of the Indians, still with all the dignity and statemanshlp of a great moral leader, he advocated peace. Walker argued that they should destroy the whites beginning with Fort Utah or the Indians would eventually be destroyed. Tullidge reports that as the argument flared between the two chiefs, their followers were almost evenly divided. It is recorded that Sowiette, in a gesture of friendship to the white settlers, said, "When you move you will find me and my men inside the Fort defending. "15 Sowiette is said to have gone so far as to warn Isaac Higbee of -87-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324001
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ff3qhk/324001