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Theses and Dissertations

Indigenous Studies

1955

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Mormon-Indian Relations As Viewed Through The Walker War, H. Bartley Heiner Jan 1955

Mormon-Indian Relations As Viewed Through The Walker War, H. Bartley Heiner

Theses and Dissertations

Early Utah history involved many adjustments of differences between the pioneers and the Indians. This thesis is a study of the differences and of the policies adopted to alleviate them, particularly in the background, setting, and events of the Walker War.

The Mormons came into a territory inhabited by the aggressive Ute Indians. However, the niggardness of nature and the white man's oppression had reduced them to a condition of destitution. They had descended to trading, begging, and stealing. Possibly, with the idea of exploiting the Mormons, the Indians invited them to settle in various sections of the territory ...