Money, guns and lawyers — Indian wars from Ouray to Obama

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Ouray sighted his rifle on Hot Stuff, the Ute horseman approaching his camp south of Montrose. He knew the intruder was sent to kill him. Chief Ouray was an unusual man; intelligent, multicultural, pragmatic, diplomatic — and quick to kill. He was caught in a painful bind. The whites were invading Ute country. Ouray knew their power well. He had been to Washington three times, negotiating treaties for a shriveling Ute territory. Ouray knew his people would be crushed like milled corn if they fought the white onslaught. The Utes who sent the assassin were angry with Ouray for counseling …
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