The Arizona Massacre

A few days since advices were received of the killing of a number of Indians of both sexes at Camp Grant Reservation, Arizona Territory. These advices justified the attacking party, composed mainly of friendly Indians, alleging that those killed, instead of being peaceably inclined, were deceiving the agents of the Government, only awaiting a favorable moment to perpetrate deeds of pillage and murder. From official news, since received, it seems that this was but another massacre, in cold blood, of inoffensive and peaceable Indians who were living on the Reservation under the protection of the Government. The perpetrators of the inhuman outrage were vagabonds of different nationalities who cowardly chose a fitting time for the slaughter when no danger could befall them. It is such outrages as these perpetrated upon inoffensive Indians that have rendered the red man, in a great measure, suspicious of his pale-faced brethren. The military force in Arizona is not adequate to the proper punishment of the hostile Apaches; it is not even sufficient to protect the wards of the nation from outrage and murder. Confidence cannot be established between the Government and the Indian tribes if these wrongs are suffered to go unpunished. The military authorities in Arizona should use every effort to apprehend the ringleaders engaged in the massacre and by prompt punishment show the Indians that the Government desires to protect them when they place themselves under that protection.

[San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 1871, p.2]