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The Ute Wars



The Ute Wars
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.17

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    trackers, determined, killing, respectable, disposal, jerking, dealt, hostage, treaty, reservation, refused, benefits, warrior, drunken, maintain, raid
     content words:    First Nations, New Mexico, American West, Blackhawk War, Black Hawk, Five Mormon, Starving Ute, Ute War, Meeker Massacre


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The Ute Wars
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The Utes were a First Nations tribe that lived in the Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico areas of the American West. They were a proud and independent people.
 
2     Life was hard for the Ute until the Spanish came. Their territory covered a lot of rough, rocky land. Hunting was not always good, and hunger was always lurking nearby.
 
3     When the Spanish came, they dealt with the Pueblo people first. Soon the Pueblo people were trading Spanish goods to other tribes.
 
4     The Navajo and Apache stole horses first. They immediately recognized the benefits of having horses. When the Utes could, they bought horses. The price was dear though, and sometimes included a child in the bargain. Later, they would also take the animals in raids.
 
5     With the speed and strength of a horse at his disposal, a Ute warrior could now kill bison with much less danger. He could also move meat farther distances. He could also raid the villages of other tribes.

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