History of Indian Chief Arapeen, Utah

Chief Jake Arapeen (AKA Chief Yene-wood) was a Ute Indian chief. He was the son of Arapeen Sr..

1855 - Arapeen becomes the successor to his brother Wakara (AKA Chief Walkara, Walker) who had been poisoned. Earlier, on 13 March 1850 the two had been baptized into the LDS Faith by Isaac Morley.

23 December 1855 - Ephraim, Sanpete County, Utah, chief Arapeen deeded the land of his fathers to Brigham Young in hopes of permanent peace.

8 April 1865 - in Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, chief Jake Arapeen and drunk rancher, interpreter John Lowry contended with each other. Lowry grabs Arapeen by his hair and pulls him from his horse. The latter vowed revenge. Although there had been many previous skirmishes and aggressions, the Lowry/Arapeen conflict resulted in the official beginning of the Black Hawk War between the settlers and the natives.

G. William Wiersdorf

See: The Saint & The Savage, Kerry Ross Boren; The Walker War, Thomas G. Alexander; Black Hawk War, Utah's Forgotten Tragedy; Wikipedia, Events leading up to the War.

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