Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Utes Must Go!: American Expansion and the Removal of a People Paperback – April 1, 2004
|New from||Used from|
Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
This is truly an impressive and important accomplishment of documentation and narrative. Decker's biographical sketches of the key players in the drama -- from Ute leaders Ouray and Captain Jack to hapless Indian agent Nathan Meeker, to Interior Secretary Carl Schurtz, are masterly in themselves. For sheer energy and artistry, nothing I've read on the subject approaches it.
We all live on both forcefully taken and sacred ground long inhabited and revered before any white man set foot on these shores. We know where the Utes and Lakota are, but where are the Agawam & Nipmuc (MA), the Ponca & Kansa, the Chinook (WA)? Native people today have yet to fully recover from the sordid beginnings of the US. We owe an immeasurable debt to them, not only financially for treaty funds mismanaged but spiritually as we belatedly see the wisdom in their deep respect for the land that guided them to live in harmony with it and the greater circle of life, of which humans are but one member. I pray we wake up as a people before the initial and unabated greed for short-term profits fouls our nest irreversibly.
It is of course utopian to suppose that the Native Americans could be permitted to continue to use these lands once the waves of Anglo settlers saw that there was money to be made from them, whether from corrupt agency operations, ranching, creating townships, or mining, but at least we should have the honesty to admit that the official policy of many good Christian folk was nothing short of genocide, as soon as possible. Failure to provide the food or compensation promised under the treaties, preventing the Native Americans from having access to arms and ammunition so that they could hunt, establishing reservations in areas ill-suited to agriculture (the only means of survival once the Native Americans were relocated away from their traditional hunting grounds), invading their reservations with settlements and railroads, curtailing the reservations because no one could control the Anglo invasion, and taking away Native American children to off-reservation schools where they succumbed to the white man's diseases were all effective tools in this destruction of a culture and mass extermination.Read more ›