Mormons and Native Americans: Myths vs. Realities

Brigham Young is quoted as having said about Native Americans: “It is cheaper to feed them than to fight them.” Due to this and the Mormon belief that Native Americans are descended from the Book of Mormon people, it is a common myth that 19th-century Mormons were always kind to Native Americans. The reality is that they drove Native Americans from their ancestral lands and committed a number of murders and even massacres against them. This session will discuss the myths vs. the realities of Mormon and Native relations.