History of Navajo Mountain, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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The Paiutes had friendly relations with both Navajos and Utes (traditional enemies of the Navajos), and frequently served as a bridge between the two. They began losing their traditional lands between Navajo Mountain and Kayenta in 1884. Over the years, the Navajo succeeded in getting Paiute holdings added to their reservation. In the 1980s, the Paiutes asked to be recognized as a distinct Indian tribe.

A number of people have found refuge in the isolated canyons surrounding Navajo Mountain. In 1859 Mormon pioneer Jacob Hamblin found safety in Spaneshanks's camp south of Navajo Mountain, after a party of four Navajos had killed George A. Smith. Hashkeniini evaded Kit Carson's army troops with a party of seventeen men, women, and children, finding sanctuary near the mountain. In 1892 Chach'osh settled at Navajo Mountain after shooting Mormon Lot Smith near Tuba City for killing sheep belonging to his relatives.


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