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Chipeta

  • Birth 1843
  • Death 9 Aug 1924 Uintah County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Montrose, Montrose County, Colorado, USA
  • Memorial ID 13863696

Wife of Chief Ouray. She was born Kiowa Apache. Her parents were both killed in a raid shortly after her birth. The Uncompahgre Utes found and raised her as their own. They named her Chipeta, meaning White Singing Bird. She was appointed to care for Chief Ouray's son after the death of his first wife, and in 1859 they were married. After the Meeker massacre, Chipeta helped searchers find Arvilla and Josephine Meeker who were being held captive. She often accompanied her husband to peace delegations. After his death she continued as a leader of her tribe. Much of the money she had at the end of her life, she spent caring for orphan children. She was originally buried in Bitter Creek, Utah, at the bottom of a sand wash. In 1925, authorities sanctioned to have her body re-interred at the site of the couple's farm, next to her husband Chief Ouray.


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  • Created by: Eric Crow
  • Added: 5 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13863696
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chipeta (1843–9 Aug 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13863696, citing Ouray Memorial Park, Montrose, Montrose County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Eric Crow (contributor 46623671) .