McCook’s Brief Return

Honoring the 150th Anniversary of Colorado Territory (officially formed February 28, 1861), this series of posts offers a brief glimpse into Indian affairs during the terms of the seven territorial governors.

Edward McCook returned to office as Territorial Governor in 1874. Like Governor Elbert, whom he replaced, McCook served only one year.
          During the winter of 1874-75 a group of Sioux Indians attacked a Ute camp on the Republican River. The Utes retaliated, capturing 300 Sioux horses in a raid. Special Indian Agent James B. Thompson reported that the Sioux “have constantly kept scouts in the buffalo country looking out for Ute hunting-parties.” Thompson said if the Utes went to hunt buffalo, they went “prepared for a fight…as the Sioux, Cheyennes, and Arapahoes…Kiowas, and Comanches roam over that country in their own sweet will in large numbers, it is probable that, unless great precautions are taken by the several agents, a bloody battle between these life-long enemies will take place on the Republican this winter.”

Quoted text from the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1875

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