Isolation, Inferiority, and Illness : The Widespread Effects of the Nineteenth-Century Mormon 'Adoption' Program on Native American Children
The Thetean : A Student Journal for Scholarly Historical Writing
Brigham Young University
Mormon interactions with Native Americans in the mid-nineteenth century was characterized by a desire to convert them, as well as by religious figurehead and Governor of Utah Brigham Young’s maxim that 'it was cheaper to feed the Indians than fight them.' When settlers first moved into the Utah territory, they hoped to remain uninvolved in the preexisting slave trade carried out between slave trading tribes and Mexican buyers. However, this was easier said than done, as Native slave traders stopped at almost nothing to expand their markets to the newly arrived Mormon population.