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Unindentified white men murder scores of Wiyot Indians in northern California

California, Northern area, 1857
02/26/1860
At four o'clock in the morning a party of around six white men entered the Wiyot Indian camp on Gunther Island in Humboldt County, California. Using hatchets and knives, they killed perhaps as many as seventy sleeping men, women, and children.  The Wiyots were essentially wiped out as a tribe and the survivors forced onto reservations.  None of the attackers were ever identified or brought to justice.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
J. Alden Mason, The Language of the Salinin Indians (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1918),  331-332.

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