Author Phillip B Gottfredson has been devoted to researching the Utah Black Hawk War for decades, from 1989 to present. The following is a collection of articles and notes Gottfredson wrote while on his journey of discovery throughout Utah researching the Black Hawk War and learning the life-ways of First Nations peoples. Eventually Phillip would write about his experiences in his first book titled "My Journey to Understand... Black Hawk's Mission of Peace".
For a detailed description of Gottfredson's source material for this website and Phillip's book please visit our SOURCE MATERIAL page.
Russell Means "For America to Live, Europe Must Die" The following speech was given by Russell Means in July 1980, before several thousand people who had assembled from all over the world for the Black Hills International Survival Gathering, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is Russell Means's most famous speech.
D. Robert Carter's Founding Fort Utah But I am most impressed by his accuracy of the event, but is the victor's point of view, and most importantly the respectful way he has portrayed our Native people.
An Amusing Story? But when they write anything about the Native Indian their remarks are rude, racist, degrading...
Its a new day here in UtahI see the mountains blackened from fires. I have gone into the mountains and where the rivers and streams used to run freely they are dry...
The Silent Victims ..there are those who live their lives in shame, who have no voice or ears to hear their agony.
Synopsis of the Black Hawk War in Utah "If the inhabitants of this Territory, my brethren, had never condescended to reduce themselves to the practices of the Indians, to their low, degraded condition, and in some cases even lower, there never would have been any trouble between us and our red neighbors. Treat them kindly, and treat them as Indians, and not as your equals."
Secret of the Bones An extensive analysis of seven American Indian skeletons unearthed in a mass grave in Nephi last year shows that the men and boys did not die in a skirmish with Mormon settlers, as most historical records suggest, but were killed execution-style.
Bear Butte Update Here we have American citizens with good intentions, asking their government leaders to project their religious rights but are denied protection under the law in favor of those who want to use a sacred site so they can get drunk.
LDS Admit to Mountain Meadows Massacre, BUT In a recent article that appeared in the church's Ensign magazine, church historian Richard E. Turley gives what is said to be the church's official account of the Massacre.