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American Indians to Pray at Massacre Site

American Indians to Pray at Massacre Site

Posted - Aug. 11, 2004 at 2:25 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A group of American Indian leaders from several tribes plan to gather at the site of an 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre to heal lingering wounds over the killings.

Organizers say they will also invite leaders of the Mormon church to take part in the ceremonies on September Seventh.

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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