of unrest, fighting, and intimidation on both sides always seemed to
end with another request by whites to get the Utes to their reservation
in Colorado. However, the same pressure that evicted the Northern Utes in Colorado to the Uintah Reservation, was also working to get the Southern
Utes off of their Colorado lands and into San Juan County, Utah. Ignacio,
leader of the Southern Utes, agreed to look the region over, and so
with a delegation from his tribe, traveled to the area around Monticello before giving a nod of approval in 1887. A year later, the government
presented a plan that signed over to the Utes 2,912,000 acres, a promise
of $50,000 in ten annual payments, and $20,000 worth of sheep. For six
years the politicians in Washington, encouraged by local and state support,
tried to prevent the loss of the county. In November, 1894, 1,100 Indians
and their agent, David Day, tired of waiting, arrived in San Juan. Messages
flew thick and fast, the end result of which set the Utes back to Colorado,
but left the original Ute and Paiute stock in place.
government agents who visited the Utah Weeminuche in 1908 and 1915 reported
their destitute condition and the continuing friction against their
white neighbors. Two serious events happened within the next seven years.
The first incident involved a Ute named Tse-Ne-Gat, who killed Juan
Chacon, a Mexican sheepherder. Ten months after the crime occurred,
the Ute was still free, so Marshall Aquila Nebeker deputized local helpers
from Cortez, Bluff, and Blanding and set out to make the arrest. Men
from both sides died, but the Utes were only too happy to flee the field.
Hysteria in local white communities ran rampant, and it was not until
General Hugh L. Scott arrived that the Indians felt comfortable in surrendering.
Polk, Tse-Ne-Gat, Posey, and Posey's Boy accompanied Scott to Salt Lake
City then Denver, where Tse-Ne-Gat stood trial and the jury found him