Mormons told to stop blaming massacre on Paiutes

The head of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs says the Mormon Church should stop blaming an 1857 massacre on the Paiute Tribe.

Forest Cuch says the church has "villainized" Indians by associating Paiutes for the Mountain Meadows Massacre on September 11 1857. About 150 men, women and children were killed in the attack.

But evidence shows the massacre was carried out by Mormon pioneers, Cuch says. "The LDS Church has got to stop making that association. They're constantly associating the Mormon militia with the Indians. Instead, say there were 60 members of the Mormon militia and two Paiute Indians," he told the Mountain Meadows Monument Foundation, The Desert Morning News reported.

The foundation has acknowledged the truth about the attack, Cuch says.

Get the Story:
Indians' role in massacre disputed (Deseret Morning News 9/11)

Relevant Links:
Mountain Meadows Association -

Related Stories:
Novak: Mitt Romney and a Mormon Massacre (5/4)
Healing ceremony at Utah massacre site begins (9/8)
Group opposes tribal ceremony at massacre site (8/31)
Ceremony for massacre wrongly blamed on tribe (08/11)