LOCAL NEWS

Restoration begins at site of the Bear River Massacre

Oct 11, 2021, 9:57 PM | Updated: 10:31 pm

CACHE VALLEY — A major project is getting underway to restore the site of the Bear River Massacre to what it once was.

KSL’s Mike Anderson talked with the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation about the progress in their plans for an interpretive center.

Of course, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a time to show respect and reflect on Native Americans in our country.

The long-term goal for the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is not only to help people better understand what happened here, but what this land meant to them, even before the massacre.

It was farmland for about 160 years, but before that, it was the site of something horrible.

“After the Bear River Massacre, there were a lot of people that were just left on the ground and just died there, and their bones and bodies are still there,” said Brad Parry, vie-chair of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.

Parry explained it’s not just land, it’s history, that was not well recorded at the time.

Some 400 men, women and children were killed.

“It’s a sad story, so now that we own it, we want to restore the land to all those members who would have seen it before they died,” said Parry.

It’s why work started in early October to clear the dozens of invasive Russian Olive trees, with the help of some $1.7 million in donations and grants, so far.

“It’s important to the tribe because it’s a way to tell our story. It’s a way to tell people we’re still here, this is how we would have lived, but most importantly, it’s to honor those that have fallen there,” said Parry.

A bluff up above will become home to an interpretive center, where people can read about and look over the site below.

For decades, the massacre was commemorated at a state monument to the east, but soon, those moments will be held here.

“To have it there on the actual site means everything in the world to the tribe,” said Parry.

The Northwestern Band of Shoshone has already raised about $2.5 million for the interpretive center.

They’re looking to raise about another $6 million for the center and about three to four million to continue to help restore the land here. 

Anyone who wants to donate can do so at their website.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Humane Society of Utah makes adoption plea after shelter fills with dogs

The Humane Society of Utah is asking for help from the community, after finding their kennels so full they are struggling to take in any more dogs.
1 day ago
Christopher Browning in court....
Daniella Rivera & Keira Farrimond

Police were warned rapist could reoffend 24 years ago. Now he’s charged again.

A convicted rapist paroled in December faced a Utah judge today on 10 new felony charges including aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.
1 day ago
Shooting in the Glendale neighborhood (KSL TV)...
Eliza Pace

One person in critical condition in SLC shooting

One person is in critical condition from a shooting in Glendale.
1 day ago
emergency lights...
Larry D. Curtis

Utah man arrested for rape of child after toddler diagnosed with STI

A Utah man has been arrested on suspicion of rape of a 2-year-old child after she was found to have a sexually transmitted infection.
1 day ago
Utah is working on a plan to administer federal funds to reimburse food stamp fraud victims. (KSL T...
Ladd Egan

Food stamp fraud victims could be reimbursed due to new federal funding

Utah is currently submitting plans for how to administer federal funds to reimburse food stamp fraud victims.
1 day ago
...
Mike Anderson

Weber County Sheriff’s Office will sell off confiscated guns

The Weber County Sheriff's Office will soon start selling off some of the guns locked up in evidence.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Restoration begins at site of the Bear River Massacre