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Native America Calling: Breaking 100 years of silence over ‘Posey War’
Thursday, April 4, 2024

Breaking 100 years of silence over ‘the Posey War’
A crime spree by two Ute youths in 1923 escalated into a mob of settlers bent on suppressing the nearby Ute and Paiute populations in what is now Utah.

The conflict led to the deaths of two Paiute men, including William Posey, a leader who was vilified in the press for his resistance to oppressive settler tactics. The “posse” formed to retaliate against the tribes imprisoned dozens of Ute citizens in a makeshift stockade.

100 Years Of Silence Public Event Launch

Join us for the public launch of 100 Years Of Silence. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe will unveil the 101st anniversary of what is referred to as the "Posey War." For more information, access Ute elders, storytellers, and artists will showcase the narrative of the atrocious event through the Utes' lens. The event will start at 1 pm – 4 pm on March 23rd, 2024. We hope you join the livestream to witness this amazing unveiling.

Posted by Utah Diné Bikéyah on Tuesday, March 19, 2024
A Legacy of Resilience: The Public Launch of the 100 Years of Silence Project

The action, sometimes called the “Posey War” or the “Last Indian Uprising,” forever changed the tribes’ access to their land and ushered in a time of forced attendance in boarding schools for Ute children.

The 100 Years of Silence project by the Ute Mountain Ute recounts the truths of the Posey War from their perspective. An art exhibit featuring pieces by Ute artists’ interpretations is currently at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City.

A sunset near Blanding, Utah. Photo: CaptSpaulding

Guests on Native America Calling
Shaun Ketchum Jr. (Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute), project director for the 100 Years of Silence Project

Angelo Baca (Navajo and Hopi), communications lead for the 100 Years of Silence Project

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