Hualapai Wars

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Hualapai Chief
Hualapai Chief

Soldiers fought and subdued the Hualapai Indians because they were not yet trained enough to master the Apache and Yavapai fighting style. The Pai peoples are located between the Grand Canyon and Bill Williams River. The war broke out in April of 1865 when Pai leader Anasa was murdered by drunken settlers in the area. They cut off the route from Prescott to the Colorado River ports. It was not until W.H. Hardy negotiated a peace agreement at Beale Springs did the raids and the fighting subside. However, the agreement lasted only nine months. It was broken when Chief Wauba Yuma was murdered after a dispute with the Walker party over the treaty. Raids by the Pai indians began in full force, raiding white mining camps and settlers. The Calvary from Fort Mohave responded by attacking Pai rancherias and burning them. The Army also used the Mohave indians against the Pai. A notable Pai warrior was Sherum, he was known for his tenacity as a warrior. This war lasted until December 1868. The Pai began to surrender as a result of whooping cough and dystentry weakening their ranks, they were led by Under Chief Leve Leve of the Yavapai peoples. The warrior Sherum also later surrendered thus ending the Hualapi Wars.

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