Indian Reserves, Part 1

September 9, 2009


After the Indian Island Massacre,    the surviving natives living along the bay were forced to abandon their homes and walk miles over rough terrain to the Klamath Reservation,   where they would be “safe” and out of the way.

 The reservation system in Humboldt County was initially developed to separate the “troublesome” natives from the white settlers.  Actually,  it was more to remove the indigenous people from rich agricultural land so that the whites could have full reign of the resources, but I want to believe that not everyone was motivated by greed. It seems at least some were convinced that forced isolation was the only way to protect the Indians.   The problem was that few people were willing to give up any valuable real estate to save them…

 Humboldt Times, April 28, 1855-Against a Hoopa Reservation –Indian Reservation—A correspondent made an inquiry of us as to the object sought to be gained by the establishment of an Indian Reservation in Hoopa Valley.  We do not know what the special agent has done or intends to do… There are fine locations to the north of us, at or near the mouth of the Klamath, or south of us on the Mattole, both far away from the whites, while a reservation in Hoopa is in the midst of what will be, in a year of two, a dense population both of farmers and miners. Hoopa is, and will always continue to be the great thoroughfare hence to the Salmon, and consequently there will always be difficulties between the Indians and whites.  The Indians will steal and white men will punish them. Bad whites are always to be found who cannot be prevented from maltreating them.  They will be only ten miles from the scene of their murders and butcheries, which are not forgotten or forgiven.  The two races cannot live together and they should be taken away from any association with white men…. we cannot believe that the agent will commit himself to a measure calculated to be so unpopular with the people and at the same time so expensive, as it will ultimately be to the United States, in keeping soldiers to protect the Indians.


To be continued…


Book Recommendation

August 10, 2009

I really am going to create a resource page eventually.  I swear.

Until then, please note the following from a visitor:


“This book is an incredible source. Not so much for the accounts of the slaughter of the first peoples in the area, but for the comingling of the Karuk people and the first white settlers in an around Somes Bar. Wes Hotelling was a well respected man in the Klamath-Trinity region when I was growing up. I highly recommend purchasing the book for a read that is from an author who was born and raised right in the midst of history and not from someone who arrived in Humboldt County after the 1970’s who writes through conjecture and theory.”