Not all of the natives went peacefully to the reservations . Last night I was contacted by a descendent of Chief Lassic (Lassac, Lasac, Lassik), who was noted for his resistance of white incursions.
One website, , quoting Genocide and Vendetta, says:
- Further north in Humboldt County there was widespread resistance. One of the most active was Chief Lassik’s band, which succeeded in driving the settlers out of their territory in southeastern and southwestern Humboldt County. Chief Lassik and his band were captured in 1862, but were able to escape from the Smith River Reservation. After escaping, he headed south along the Klamath River and “stirred up discontent and revengeful feelings.” Although Chief Lassik was finally caught and killed in 1863, for over one year he was able to carry on a campaign of resistance against the settlers.
And it appears he did draw blood…
Corp Larrabee is seriously wounded with an arrow (it appears this happened while attacking Lassic’s band where four Indians were killed). [June 22, 1861, Humboldt Times]
Note that Larrabee was a known Indian killer, and thought to be a main perpetrator of the Indian Island Massacre and other murders of Natives.
Lassic was captured and held for a time on the makeshift Indian prison created out of the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt Bay in 1862. A local newspaper editor toured the “indian quarters”, noting that “to a person who has never seen a band of 700 to 800 wild Indians of all ages together, the sight is truly novel”.