Indians and Indian Agents: The Origins of the Reservation by George Harwood Phillips

By George Harwood Phillips

The origins of the Reservation procedure in California, 1849-1852.

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Every little while war panics break out in new places," it editorialized on January 1, 1851. "64 A week later, the Alta reiterated its position: It is extremely doubtful, indeed, if any intention exists on the part of any of the tribes to levy war upon the whites, further than a temporary feeling of anger for real or imagined injuries . . At any rate the entire extent < previous page page_48 next page > < previous page page_49 next page > Page 49 of troubles there is within the confines of one small section, and the miners generally, except in that particular locality, know nothing and care nothing about all this bubble-blown exaggeration of a trifle.

78 Several Indian women fought alongside the men. 81 The injured woman who wounded the American perished in the flames. 82 During the fight it became apparent to the volunteers that the Indians' main target was James Savage. As recounted by Palmer: The whole body of Indians seemed bent on killing Mr. Savage, partly because he would not be their chief and lead them against the whites, and < previous page page_50 next page > < previous page page_51 next page > Page 51 ''Protecting the Settlers," by J.

40 Back at his Mariposa post, Savage learned that a large number of Indians had gathered near his Fresno station. He departed at once for the trouble spot, where he found chiefs Panwatchee, a Nukchu, and Bautista, a Potoyanti, nominally friendly. Savage had taken two wives from those groups. Also present were Chauchila chiefs José Juarez and José Rey and Tomquit of the Pitkachi. Savage warned the Indians that a war with the Americans, who were "more numerous than wasps and ants," would lead to the Indians' extermination.

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