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Exploring the history behind the Cayuse Five

By Elizabeth Castillo (OPB)
Sept. 23, 2022 4:24 p.m. Updated: Sept. 23, 2022 9:56 p.m.

Broadcast: Friday, Sept. 23

In 1850, five Cayuse men were hanged in Oregon City for the death of a missionary — despite asserting their innocence. The University of Oregon recently hosted a class that narrowed down the burial sites of the five men, Underscore News reported. Bobbie Conner is the director of the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Michael Moffitt is a University of Oregon professor and designed the class. They join us with more about the men, who are frequently referred to as the Cayuse Five, and the events leading up to the incident.

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