History of Chief Sowiette, Utah

Chief Sowiette was one of the more peaceful chiefs. An undocumented story about Sowiette has surfaced in the past: When Chief Walker (Wakara) and his band of Indians threatened to attack settlers living in the area now Provo, Utah, Sowiette intervened with a sevier warning, "When you attack you will find me defending!" Today, in North Park (Sowiette Park), there stands a monument to honor Chief Sewiette along with a wooden statue of the Chief.

He was also one of the Ute Chiefs to sign a treaty between the settlers and local tribes of the Sanpete Valley. On June 8, 1865 with the exception of Chief Sanpitch, all placed their mark to the paper.

The deal was brokered by Brigham Young who promised the Ute tribe annual monetary payments along with grist and sawmills, personal homes for the treaty signers plus other obligatory presents. In turn the chiefs were to give up their lands with the exception of the Uintah Basin area and to stop warring among themselves and with the settlers.

G. William Wiersdorf

See: History to Go; The Northwestern Shoshone, Black Hawk Productions; Depredations of Ute Peoples, Wikipedia; Treaty, Monument Insciption.

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