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Brunot Agreement

Added by yongli on 05/18/2016 - 14:41, last changed on 08/23/2019 - 09:52
The Brunot Agreement between the Utes and the US government in 1873 opened the San Juan Mountains to mining by removing 3.7 million acres (about 5,780 square miles) from the Ute Reservation in western Colorado. Though it removed a large amount of land from the reservation, the agreement still left...

Buckskin Charley

Added by yongli on 03/01/2016 - 16:41, last changed on 09/24/2019 - 11:22
Chief Buckskin Charley (1840–1936), whose Ute name was Sapiah, was the preeminent chief of the Muache band of the Southern Ute Tribe beginning around 1870. He was born to a Mouache father and an Apache mother, perhaps in the vicinity of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. The name Buckskin Charley may...

Conejos Indian Agency

Added by yongli on 12/05/2017 - 16:41, last changed on 10/05/2018 - 13:20
The Conejos Indian Agency was established in the San Luis Valley for the Ute Indians in 1860. It was an important place where annuity goods were distributed to the Utes and treaty negotiations took place. After the Treaty of 1868 established a reservation for the Utes west of the Rocky Mountains in...

Denver Special Indian Agency

Added by yongli on 12/06/2017 - 11:05, last changed on 01/09/2018 - 01:07
The Denver Special Agency was established to provide goods and services to the Ute Indians visiting the plains of Colorado between 1871 and 1875. The agency served Utes who were accustomed to collecting supplies from Denver’s Middle Park Agency during the 1860s but had been reassigned to a...

Fort Davy Crockett

Added by yongli on 05/09/2016 - 16:19, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:41
Fort Davy Crockett was one of three known nineteenth-century forts and trading posts on the western side of the Rocky Mountains, in the drainage systems of the Green and Colorado Rivers. From the mid-1830s to 1840, Fort Davy Crockett, along with Fort Uncompahgre and Fort Uintah, served as centers...

Fort Uncompahgre

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 16:13, last changed on 01/29/2019 - 01:07
Fort Uncompahgre was constructed in 1828 by Antoine Robidoux , a trader based out of Mexican Santa Fé. The trading post was situated about two miles down from the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Rivers near the present-day community of Delta in western Colorado. The precise location of...

Indian Agencies and Agents

Added by yongli on 03/15/2016 - 12:10, last changed on 09/17/2019 - 17:58
Indian Agencies were established by the US government as part of the formal relationship with Native American groups as it acquired new lands from them. Indian Agents were individuals responsible for cultivating relationships with the Native Americans and extending government policies. As treaties...

Indian Annuities

Added by yongli on 04/27/2017 - 16:36, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:43
Annuities were a fixed sum of money or goods that the US government paid to Native Americans on a regular basis for the sale of Indian lands. Treaties with Native Americans typically specified payments to tribes in dollar amounts over a period of years in return for land cessions. The payments were...

Lafayette Head

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 16:08, last changed on 09/09/2018 - 01:07
Major Lafayette Head (1825–97) was an Indian agent to the Ute tribe for nine years after serving in the Mexican American War. In 1877, he became the first lieutenant governor of Colorado. He was influential in the early development of towns across the San Luis Valley. Born in Hunter...

Los Piños Indian Agency

Added by yongli on 04/29/2016 - 15:32, last changed on 10/05/2018 - 13:19
After the Treaty of 1868, the Los Piños Indian Agency became the center of governmental authority for the Uncompahgre Utes on the Ute Indian Reservation in western Colorado. While largely forgotten after its abandonment in 1881, the site of the second iteration of the agency is now under...

Middle Park Indian Agency

Added by yongli on 12/06/2017 - 12:09, last changed on 10/05/2018 - 13:25
The Middle Park Agency was established in 1862 for the Grand River, Uinta , and Yampa Utes . One of many federal Indian agencies established in Colorado during the 1860s, the Middle Park Agency mostly operated from Denver . After the Treaty of 1868 established a reservation for the Utes west of the...

Ute Indian Museum

Added by yongli on 12/05/2017 - 16:26, last changed on 09/18/2019 - 08:07
The Ute people , or as they call themselves, Nuche (The People), are Colorado’s longest continuous residents. Their rich cultural heritage and history is on display at the Ute Indian Museum. Nestled in the heart of traditional Uncompahgre Ute territory in Montrose , the Ute Indian Museum is History...

White River Ute Indian Agency

Added by yongli on 04/29/2016 - 15:38, last changed on 09/17/2019 - 18:23
The White River Ute Agency at Meeker , Colorado was established at the same time as the first Los Piños Agency under provisions of the Treaty of 1868 . The agency was intended to serve the White River Ute band as well as some of the other bands from northwestern Colorado. As the site of the Meeker...

Wickiups and Other Wooden Features

Added by yongli on 05/02/2016 - 16:55, last changed on 10/10/2019 - 10:53
Wickiups were temporary conical and domed shelters constructed by the Native American inhabitants of Colorado for millennia. Because of the perishable nature of their construction materials, a vast majority of wickiups and other prehistoric wooden structures have vanished from the landscape...
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