American Indian Leaders to Pray at Massacre Site

American Indian Leaders to Pray at Massacre Site

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A five-day healing ceremony begins today at the site of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre.

A group of American Indian leaders from several tribes say they're holding the ceremony to heal lingering wounds over the killings.

Paiute Indians were once blamed for the slaughter of 120 men, women and children from Arkansas heading West. The killings took place near what is now the southern Utah town of Enterprise.

Now, it is believed that Mormon pioneers were responsible for the killings. John D. Lee, an adopted son of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Brigham Young, was the only man tried, convicted and executed in the killings.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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