Tribal wars over land and the dominion of that land were a fact of life in the West. The West was not a bucolic place where all Indians lived in peace with each other. They were every bit as brutal as the U.S. Army. Our "tribe" was simply more successful at consolidating dominion than others. Not pretty — but a part of our history we must understand and acknowledge.
My ancestor, Gen. George Crook, took many "shots" from some of his fellow generals because of his belief that fighting Indians was a last resort and not the way to approach the "Indian problem," as it was called back then. He was widely known among the tribes he dealt with as an honorable man who never lied to them and who opposed draconian measures.
The history of the West is not as black-and-white as Ms. Stange would have you believe. Only fools would banish history from any age’s landscape.
R. Barry Crook
- After attack, the country’s oldest park ranger is back at work
- Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s criticism of Trump wins him national prominence
- Emotions run high over monument designation in Utah
- BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan
- How Utah coal interests helped push a secret plan to export coal from California
- Doug Johnson on In this season of potential megaburns, nix the campfire
- The Taylors on Latest: The BLM to study surgical sterilization of wild horses
- Marcia Ewell on New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
- Charles Fox on Federal coal leasing needs a major overhaul
- Carl Reese on Study finds surprising source of Colorado River water supply