History of Chief Sagwitch, Utah
Taken from the BYU Studies. (Links Added)
Sagwitch was born in 1822, a time when his people were enjoying the last days of the traditional life they had known for centuries. After the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 and as western territories saw more and more exploration and settlement, the Northwestern Band of Shoshone were forced to forever change their patterns of living. Sagwitch was a wise man and a gifted speaker, and he fell naturally into the leadership role that he maintained among his band throughout his life. A survivor of the Bear River Massacre in 1863, Sagwitch believed his people would best survive by assimilating with the Latter-day Saints, who were inhabiting the traditional Shoshone lands. He and his band converted to Mormonism and attempted to follow their Church leaders' directions in learning to farm and raise livestock.

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