Situational Analysis – January 29, 2021

It’s Friday, Friday, and the last weekend of January. That was a year of a month. 

It is also a somber anniversay, as today marks the 158 anniversary of the Bear River Massacre. On that day, Colonel Patrick Edward Connor led an army to a sleeping Shoshone village and proceeded to rape, blugeon and murder hundreds of men, women and children.

If you only have time for one thing: It took many years it took for the truth to be told about the 1863 Bear River Massacre. For more than 100 years, the victors told the story of a “battle” and placed the army in the role of victim. “In 1932 locals led by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers erected a monument to celebrate victory over the Indians and acknowledge the roughly 21 soldiers who died. The DUP added a plaque in 1953 that talks of an ‘Attack by the Indians on the peaceful inhabitants of this vicinity’ and commemorates the support the wounded soldiers received from Pioneer women. But narratives can be reclaimed,” write Brenda Beyal and Heather Sundahl. Take a few minutes to read their article on “Reclaiming the Bear River narrative” and the work done by Mae Timbimboo Parry, her niece Patty Timbimboo Madsen and her grandson Darren Parry to set the record straight. 

TICK TOCK

35 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
75 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021)
91 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)