Government agent who led negotiations with the Utes but later launched a full-scale smear campaign against them. Meeker was an important agent of cultural genocide against the Native American population: he made it his explicit mission to wipe out Ute culture, forcing the Utes to abandon their hunter-gatherer traditions. Meeker’s argument that the Utes lacked the mental capacity to own property proved highly popular with U.S. audiences at the time, because it provided a convenient justification for the theft of Native American lands.
The timeline below shows where the character Nathan C. Meeker appears in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16: “The Utes Must Go!”
In 1878, the government appointed a new agent to attend to the Utes, Nathan C. Meeker. Meeker made it his mission “to destroy everything the Utes cherished.” He instituted schools designed... (full context)