This thesis provides a detailed study of Brigham Young's Indian superintendency within a framework of the federal Indian policy of his era. It focuses on Brigham Young's personal challenges and successes in instituting a conciliatory policy with the natives of the Great Basin. Experience taught Brigham Young that it was "cheaper to feed the Indians than to fight them." Brigham Young pursued his policy in spite of opposition from some Mormon constituents until finally his determination overruled pleas to forcibly remove the Indians from their lands.
Another important emphasis of the thesis is the personal interaction between Brigahm Young and non-Mormon territorial officials within and outside the Indian superintendency. Each party experienced conflict and frustration in dealing with the other. An analysis of the motives undergirding the conflict between the Mormons and non-Mormons is herein provided. These verbal battles also impacted the Indians, thus diminishing the good that might have been accomplished in a more cooperative atmosphere.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Eckman, Wayne Miles, "Brigham Young's Indian Superintendency (1851-58): A Significant Microcosm of the American Indian Experience" (1989). All Theses and Dissertations. 4660.
Brigham Young, 1801-1877, Indians of North America, Utah, Indians, North America, Government relations, Mormons, Relations with Indians