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Return of the Unquiet Utes

Return of the Unquiet Utes

(Gillette, Wyo.) The Campbell County Rockpile Museum welcomed home its traveling exhibit The Unquiet Utes this morning with Museum Director Robert Henning at "Coffee with the Director." The Museum created the exhibit themselves in 2011 from photographs they had in their archives, and donations from other museums. Since its initial six-month run at the Rockpile, the exhibit has traveled to Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and South Dakota. It is the only traveling exhibit that Henning knows of in the Rockpile Museum's history. The Unquiet Utes showcases the journey of approximately 400 Ute Indians who left the Uintah Reservation in Utah and traveled through Wyoming towards South Dakota in 1906. Frustration with the opening of their lands to white settlement led the Utes to seek a new place to live where they could be free from government control and live life the way they chose. Local ranchers were greatly annoyed that this group of natives were hunting and camping on their property. Rumors of violence and crime ran wild, and the U.S. Cavalry was called out. The national press took notice and *Collier’s Weekly* sent photographer Thomas W. Tolman to document the Utes and their meeting with the U.S. Cavalry. [image: scan0002.jpg] [image: scan0023.jpg] Some of the photographs in this exhibit were taken around Campbell County over the course of 3 or 4 days. Ute tribal members were even at the Rockpile Museum in 2011 to identify their family members who were portrayed in the pictures. [image: 34. Ute Indians P.36.jpg] *Red Cap and his family, provided by the Utah State Archives* *[image: collage.jpg]* *Photos provided by the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, Washington.* The Unquiet Utes will be on display here in Gillette one final time this February before it's retired. The exhibit is now open and can be seen Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An exhibit reception and presentation by Director Henning is planned for February 18th at 7:00 p.m. You will be able to see more of the photographs -- there are hundreds and the museum is only exhibiting 33 of them -- at this presentation. *Feature photo: The Ute delegation that was sent to Washington D.C. to negotiate their land settlement. Provided by the Utah State Archives.* #county17 #news -- *Brenda Kirk* Community Maven for County17.com brenda@pitchengine.com | 614.940.7121 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities*http://pitchengine.com | Twitter | Facebook