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Title (1866) Acts, Resolutions and Memorials, Passed at the Several Annual Sessions of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah, 1866
Subject Law
Description (1866) The Fifteenth Legislature, 1865, passed an act to print the laws as prepared and reported by the Joint Committee on Revision and Compilation, including laws of the current session. No 1865 session law was printed because these acts were incorporated into the 1866 compilation.
Publisher Legislative Assemblye of the State of Utah
Date 1866
Type Text
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Identifier KFU30 1866 .A193
Language eng
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Holding Institution S.J. Quinney College of Law, The University of Utah, South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT
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Date Created 2005-11-15
Date Modified 2006-01-25
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Title Chapter 55_page_087
Description LAWS OF UTAH. CHAPTER LV. A PREAMBLE and An ACT for the further relief of Indian Slaves and Prisoners. Whereas, By reason of the acquisition of Upper California and New Mexico, and the subsequent organization of the Territorial Governments of New Mexico and Utah by the acts of the Congress of the United States, these Territories have organized Governments within and upon what would otherwise be considered Indian territory, and which really is Indian territory so far as the right of soil is involved, thereby presenting the novel feature of a white legalized government on Indian lands: and Whereas, The laws of the United States in relation, to intercourse with Indians are designed for and only applicable to territories and countries under the sole and exclusive jurisdiction ef the "United States; and _ Whereas, From time immemorial, the practice of purchasing Indian women and children of the Utah tribe of Indians by Mexican traders has been indulged in and carried on by those respective people, until the Indians consider is an allowable traffic, and frequently offer their prisoners or children for sale; and Whereas, It is a common practice among these Indians to gamble away their awn children and women; and it is a well established fact that women and children thus obtained, or obtained by war, or theft, or in any other manner, are by them, frequently carried from place to place packed upon horses or mules; larietted out to subsist upon grass, roots or starve; and are frequently bound with thongs made of raw hide, until their hands and feet become swollen, mutilated, inflamed with pain . and wounded, and, when with suffering, cold, hunger and abuse they fall sick so as to become troublesome, are frequently slain by their masters to get rid of them; and Whereas, They do frequently kill their women and children taken prisoners, either in revenge, or for aouiseruent, or through the influence of tradition, unless they are tempted to exchange them for trade, which they usually do if they have an ' opportunity; and Whereas, Oue family frequently steals the children and women of another family, and such robberies and murders are continually committed, in times of their greatest peace and amity, thus dragging free Indian women and children into Mexican servitude and slavery, or death, to the almost entire extirpation of the whole Indian race; and * . , ? Whereas, These inhuman practices are being daily enacted before our eyes in the midst of the white settlements and within the organized counties of the Territory; and when the inhabitants do not purchase or trade for those so offered for sale, they are generally doomed to the most miserable existence, suffering che tortures of every species of cruelty, until death kindly relieves them and closes the revolting scenery: Wherefore, When all these facts are taken into consideration, it becomes the duty of all humane and Christian people to extend unto this degraded and down trodden race such relief as can be awarded to them, according to their situation and cir- y . cumstances; it therefore becomes necessary to consider; * First, The circumstances of our location anioug these savage tribes under the authority of Congress, while yet the Indian title to the soil is left unextinguished not even a treaty having been held by which a partition of territory or country has been made, thereby bringing them into our door-yards, our houses and in contact with our every avocation; Second, Their situation and our duty towards them, upon the common principles of humanity; Third, The remedy, or what will be the most conducive to ameliorate their condition, preserve their lives and their liberties, and redeem them from a worse than African bondage. It suggests itself to your committee that to memorialize Congress to provide by some act of national legislation for the new and unparalleled situation of the inhabitants of this Territory, in relation to their intercourse with these Indians, would be one resource prolific in its results for our mutual benefit; and further, that we ask their concurrence in the following enactment, passed by the Legislature of the Territory of Utah, January 31, A. D., 1852, entitled An ACT for the relief of Indian Slaves and Prisoners. * J Sec. 1.-Be it enacted by the Governor and Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah: That whenever any white person within any organized county of this Ter-ritory shall have any Indian prisoner, child, or woman in his possession, whether by purchase or otherwise, such person shall immediately go, together with such Indian
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Source Original Book: Acts, Resolutions and Memorials, Passed at the Several Annual Sessions of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah, 1866
Setname uu_law_uschs
Date Created 2005-11-15
Date Modified 2005-11-15
ID 717048
Reference URL