Ute Indian Museum
ON THIS DAY in 1868, Chief Ouray and Chipeta visited the White House in Washington D.C., where they met with president Andrew Johnson.
This was not the first time Ouray and Chipeta visited the United States capital- a few years earlier they had met with Abraham Lincoln- and it would not be the last. In total, they and other delegates from the Ute would meet with three different presidents over a period of almost two decades.
During these meetings, numerous treaties were established between the Ute and the American government, many of which were not honored. But the legacy of Ouray as a leader and peacemaker continues to this day.