Long before the Mormon settlement of Utah began in 1847, American Indians had inhabited the region for thousands of years. These Mormon settlements displaced and disrupted the way of life for the Paiute, Gosiute, Shoshone, Ute, and Navajo who lived in the region.
“Take the man and try him by law and let him receive the penalty. The law will slay him.”
— Mormon leader Brigham Young speaking out against the killing of Indians.
Black Hawk War
Gunnison Massacre – 1853
Mountain Meadows Massacre – 1857
Walker War – 1853
Compiled by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated February 2020.