There is No Going Back

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1994
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 326218
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Title There is No Going Back
Description In 1866 the non-Mormons of Utah held strong prejudice against the Nauvoo Legion. It was believed to be a church army, plotting disloyalty against the United States government.(25) Many Sanpitch Utes joined the Utes on the Uintah Reservation during the winter of 1865-1866. They starved as a result of government neglect and became so disgusted with the whites that they joined the Black Hawk rebels in the spring. After the Black Hawk War, the Sanpitch's generally did not return to the Reservation. Instead they tried fanning unclaimed land on the old Twelve Mile Creek Reservation in Mayfield.(26) A treaty of peace was finally reached in 1868, but for four years there continued to be minor outbreaks. Chief Black Hawk died al Spring Lake Villa, a small settlement situated between Payson and Santaquin, Utah, in 1870.(27) With the notice in 1873 that there were only thirty-six Sanpitch Indians at the Uintah Reservation, the Sanpitch's received no more notice as a separate tribal entity by the Administrators of Indian Affairs. That date served as a terminal point to a once great people.(28) Frustration came from another quarter to distract the settlers. Governor J. Wilson Shaerffer, forbade the mustering and drilling of the Nauvoo Legion. Federal officials had in 1866 answered the settlers by saying "Depend upon the militia". Now they were forbidden to defend themselves.(29) Those little bands of Indians wandering about Uintah Reservation in 1871 were like kegs of powder, sullen, silent potentials of violence. Owing to sluggish federal action or inefficient or corrupt agents, the Indians were neglected. Ignorant of most men's knowledge but not blind, the Indians saw what was happening.(30) Daniel W. Jones, Mormon peacemaker, cast about for some way to draw attention to their neglect. A demonstration was arranged: leave the reservation and refuse to return until they were provided with promised supplies. Thus hundreds of Indians moved up on central Utah settlements. They camped with old friends among the whites, and among Indians who bad never gone to the reservation.(31) Colonel Dodge attempted to persuade them to return to Uintah. He finally asked the settlers not to feet the errant Indians, to force them back on the reservation. Chief Tabby sent word soon afterward to all the bishops of the area that he could control the Indians no longer.{32) On August 17th, General Morrow left Camp Douglas to quell the unruly Indians. Finally aid came the federal military forces. Utah waited tensely in the late summer of 1872.(33) 129
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326203
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