Ute man, circa 1871. Ute people were wary of being photographed. Often neglected is the political climate of the era. The long running Black Hawk War (1865-1872) with Mormon settlers gave Native Americans an immediate reason to be waryr lands in Utah were seized. Five years later conflicts in Colorado lead to the seizure of the gold-rich lands promised by treaty.
'Biddy Mason. Great story. Born a slave in 1818, her owners got converted to Mormonism and headed west. The other Mormons pressured her owner to free her, but he wouldn't. So she fought for her OWN freedom in California court, and won. They she became a nurse and midwife, one of the first black land owners in LA, amassed 300k which she gave liberally to charities, and founded churches, schools, and aid societies."
I'm for truth, no matte who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. - Malcolm X #quotes