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County in Colorado apologizes for 1881 removal of Ute people

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Chief Ouray and his wife, Chipeta, are seen in this photo, prior to removal from Colorado. Photo from U.S. Library of Congress

A county in Colorado passed a resolution to apologize to the Uncompahgre Utes for their forced removal in 1881.

The 1868 Treaty with The Ute promised the Ute people all of the Colorado Territory west of longitude 107° west. However, the military forced the Uncompahgre into present-day Utah, where some of their descendants are members of the Northern Ute Tribe.

“San Miguel County apologizes to the Uncompahgre Ute people and their descendants for their forced removal from western Colorado in 1881 and their relocation to Utah,” the resolution states, The Telluride Daily Planet reported. “The county also extends a formal apology, government to government, to the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray reservation.”

The county plans to place a plaque at Placerville Park in honor of the Uncompahgre Utes. Chief Ouray, who was Uncompahgre, lived in the area before being forced to move to Utah.

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An ‘I’m sorry’ a long time coming (The Telluride Daily Planet 4/30)

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