Unsettling the Bear River Massacre
UNSETTLING THE BEAR RIVER MASSACRE: REWRITING ITS HISTORY AND IMPLICATIONS
October 12 at 7 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Recital Hall
The single largest massacre of Native persons in U. S. History occurred near Preston, Idaho in 1863. On a sub-zero winter morning, around 400 Northwestern Band Shoshone men, women and children were slaughtered while camped in their winter home. Their village was burned to the ground, the bodies were left unburied and nothing was written about it for 100 years. The “Indian problem” had been “settled.” Crete Brown, PhD, who researched the massacre, and Darren Parry, Chairman of the Northern Band Shoshone, will present compelling information on the massacre, its implications for non-Native people and, the progress the Tribe has made in reclaiming the massacre site, building a Memorial and rewriting this chapter in U.S. history. There will be a presentation of Dr. Brown’s research on the massacre and its impact on its non-Native participants. She and Chairman Parry will discuss their work in relation to this significant event in Idaho history. There will be time for questions and discussion. This presentation will be free of charge.