145 years ago today - Jul 6, 1876

Concerning the Custer Massacre a few days before, the Deseret News editorializes that it is doubtful if possession of the Black Hills country by whites can be justified. If it cannot, "the Indians [rather than Custer's men] must consequently have the sympathy of every just man in the area of the civilized world." Such pro-Indian sentiments contribute to the hostility of the U.s. army and the federal government toward Mormons.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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