The Forced Relocation of the Yavapai

(An Event in the Yavapai Holocaust)

By: Marc Immanuel

Published on: 21 April 2017

Yavapais at the US Army’s San Carlos concentration camp, about 1878. The Indigenous people on “reservations” at the time were, basically, prisoners of the US Army, under the dictatorship of US Government. This photo shows Yavapais on a “count” and “ration day”. The people would be counted to ensure none had left the concentration camp and then issued European foodstuffs. Adults on reservations were forced to do farming and other work, and children from six years old onwards were removed from their families and sent to US forced assimilation institutions (where they would be forbidden to speak their native languages, upon threat of punishment).

In the winter of early 1875, in a forced removal under the command of US Army General (1862-1890) George R. Crook [acting on orders from the US Federal Government during the administration of 18th US President (1869-1877) Ulysses S. Grant], the remaining Yavapai were rounded up and force-marched about 300 kilometers (nearly 200 miles) to the San Carlos Reservation [which was then a large concentration camp with a strong US Army presence (photo)].

“No wagons were provided and no rest stops allowed.  Many Yavapai were drowned in the crossing of rivers swollen by runoff from the melting mountain snow. Soldiers forced them into the river with whips. Those unable to keep up were left behind or shot and left unburied. There is an account of an aging man who carried his disabled wife on his back for many miles. Some reports say that up to 375 died.” [Yavapai source2]

By 1903, only approximately 500 Yavapai had survived the Yavapai Holocaust[Yavapai source6

[a crime against humanity, ICC Statute, Article 7 (1) (d): “deportation or forcible transfer of population”;
and genocide, ICC Statute, Article 6: “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such
by genocide criterion c: “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”]

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A LIST OF OVER 100 GENOCIDAL MASSACRES BY THE UNITED STATES
AGAINST INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WESTERN CONTINENT
:
From the Gnadenhutten Massacre to the Wounded Knee Massacre
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CRIMES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT:
From the Trail of Tears
to the Invasion of Iraq

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