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    Fort Lyon with Indian tipis outside, c. 1862-64.
    Fort Lyon, Colorado
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  • Ute Camp, Los Pinos Agency

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References: 

F. H. Abbott and James McLaughlin, Letter to the Secretary of Interior, June 5, 1911, Major James McLaughlin Papers on microfilm (Denver: Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, 1911).

William H. Bauer, “The Colorado Postal Encyclopedia: La Plata County, Part 1,” Colorado Postal Historian 20, no. 1 (2004).

Charles Bent, “Indian Tribes of New Mexico,” in Information Respecting the History, Conditions and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States: Collected and Prepared under the Direction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, per Act of Congress of March 3d, 1847, by Henry R. Schoolcraft (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Company, 1853).

Felix R. Brunot, Chairman of the Board of Indian Commissioners, and Robert Campbell, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, “Letter to J. D. Cox, Secretary of the Interior, Washington, DC, October 29, 1870,” in Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the Year 1870 (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870).

J. L. Collins, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Santa Fe, New Mexico, “Letter to C. E. Mix, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, September 27, 1858,” in Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Accompanying the Annual Report of the Secretary of the Interior, For the Year 1858 (Washington, DC: Wm. A. Harris, Printer, 1858).

John Evans, Governor and ex officio Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Colorado Territory, Denver, “Letter to W. P. Dole, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, October 30, 1862,” in Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the Year 1862 (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1863).

Thomas Fitzpatrick, Indian Agent, Upper Arkansas and Platte, Bent’s Fort, Arkansas River, “Letter to Thomas H. Harvey, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, St. Louis, Missouri, September 18, 1847,” in Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Transmitted with the Message of the President, at the First Session of the Thirtieth Congress, 1847…1848 (Washington, DC: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers, 1848).

William Gilpin, Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Colorado Territory, Denver, “Letter to William P. Dole, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Washington, June 19, 1861,” in Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs Accompanying the Annual Report of the Secretary of the Interior, for the Year 1862 (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1863).

Additional Information: 

Sonja L. Cohen, “Unitarians Worked to ‘Save’ Ute Indians,” U U World Magazine 23 (Winter 2009).

Fred A. Conetah, A History of the Northern Ute People (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Printing Services, 1982).

Peter Decker, The Utes Must Go! American Expansion and the Removal of a People (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 2004).

Los Pinos Indian Agency (Colorado),” Familysearch.org, updated March 30, 2015,

James Jefferson, Robert W. Delaney, and Gregory C. Thompson, The Southern Utes: A Tribal History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Printing Services, 1972).

Jan Petit, Utes, the Mountain People (Boulder: Johnson Printing, 1982).

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000).

White River Indian Agency (Colorado),” Familysearch.org, updated March 31, 2015.

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