The Kingman Daily Miner itself is historical, and Arizona is proud that it continues to teach us our history in articles such as the one published Aug. 22 by News Editor Claire Whitley, “Massacre at Skeleton Cave.”
The massacre took place in December 1872 when Yavapai Indians were killed by the U.S. Army in its campaign to clear the way for white settlers.
Exactly 100 years later in December 1972, the government was back demanding that the same tribe, the Fort McDowell Reservation Yavapai (not far from Skeleton Cave), relocate from their homes and land to clear the way for a dam.
In 2012, the Native Americans’ own extensive history was published in a fully-documented, easy to read book, “Oral History of the Yavapai.” You can find it at the website www.oralhistoryoftheyavapai.com.
P.S. Full disclosure, I am an editor of the above book.
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