A failed attempt to remove the Southern Utes to San Juan County, Utah

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A failed attempt to remove the Southern Utes to San Juan County, Utah

In this rare drawing from 1881, Chief Ignacio is seen with a large flock of goats as he moved his livestock and family members down the Animas Valley. The town of Ignacio on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation would be named for him, but he personally relocated to the west end of the reservation closer to Towaoc.
Contentious newspaper publisher and editor David Day from Ouray and Durango became Indian agent for the Utes and encouraged the tribe to move to southeastern Utah before any Congressional approval. His house near the Animas River has been renovated.
Rambunctious newspaper publisher David Day frequently complained, argued and harassed in his vitriolic newspaper columns. In the early 1890s as Indian agent for the Southern Utes, he urged them to leave Colorado and to relocate to San Juan County, Utah. Many families did so and were then forced to return by Indian police.
A map of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation shows its proximity to Durango. In the 1890s, Durango businessmen and Colorado politicians tried to have the Southern Utes removed to San Juan County, Utah. The map is from Francis E. Leupp, The Latest Phase of the Southern Ute Question: A Report, Office of the Indian Rights Association, 1895.

A failed attempt to remove the Southern Utes to San Juan County, Utah

In this rare drawing from 1881, Chief Ignacio is seen with a large flock of goats as he moved his livestock and family members down the Animas Valley. The town of Ignacio on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation would be named for him, but he personally relocated to the west end of the reservation closer to Towaoc.
Contentious newspaper publisher and editor David Day from Ouray and Durango became Indian agent for the Utes and encouraged the tribe to move to southeastern Utah before any Congressional approval. His house near the Animas River has been renovated.
Rambunctious newspaper publisher David Day frequently complained, argued and harassed in his vitriolic newspaper columns. In the early 1890s as Indian agent for the Southern Utes, he urged them to leave Colorado and to relocate to San Juan County, Utah. Many families did so and were then forced to return by Indian police.
A map of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation shows its proximity to Durango. In the 1890s, Durango businessmen and Colorado politicians tried to have the Southern Utes removed to San Juan County, Utah. The map is from Francis E. Leupp, The Latest Phase of the Southern Ute Question: A Report, Office of the Indian Rights Association, 1895.
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