Captive Indian Children

In February 1849 or 1850, several militia units were called up in Utah Territory to protect settlements from hostile Ute Indians. The “Utahs,” as the Indians were called, were part of Chief Tabby’s band. The leader of the “hostiles” was known as Chief Walker.
          According to one lieutenant, the militia left Salt Lake City on February 7th. The next day they found the Utes along the Provo River and engaged in a fight. The Indians retreated to the mountains, leaving behind some some women and children. In a sworn statement, the lieutenant recalled that one militia man took home with him two of the abandoned Ute children, a boy and a girl about seven years old.          
          Another witness, however, stated that several children were purchased from the Ute Chief called Walker.
          Ten years later the militia man married the Ute girl. In 1897 he made a sworn statement that he bought her from Ute Chief Walker. He did not name the price he paid. He said he later married the girl when she was of age and had four children with her.  
          The statements cited above were made under oath between 1897 and 1900 to confirm the eligibility of the four children as members of the Ute nation. Names are omitted for privacy.

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