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The Peaceful Navajo Indians living around Newberry and Garces Mesas, two villages that were located a few miles north of Wolf Crossing and
Trading Post on the Little Colorado River on the southern border of the Navajo Reservation, woke up to a cold morning early in the month of June
in the year 1878. In that early morning dawn, a coyote babbled, hardly unusual, but with it was answered by a gobbling turkey, a sign the doomed
Navajoís knew was the worst.
The men grabbed weapons and rushed out to defend their village and their families. But they were too late. A hated Apache raiding party
from the south had already closed in around the village. Gun explosions ripped the morning air. A few arrows feathered swiftly into human targets.
Shrieking war cries of death, dusky Apache warriors charged five the community Hoganís. Within minutes that bloody June dawn, 1878, all the men,
women and children, except three young girls taken prisoners, were slain. Robbing the dead and pilfering Hoganís for loot, the band of twenty
raiders disappeared into the wastelands where their horses had been hidden from the sight of the villagers.
What they did not know, was that they
had taken three daughters of an area chiefs family. When he found out that his daughters were taken as slaves by the Apache raiding party,
he put out a call for help. Twenty five fighting Navajo braves showed up at his village within one day.
He and two other chiefs set out to find these marauding Apaches who they found after two full days of searching in a cave under the ghost town of
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