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Lhats'asʔin (also known as Klatsassan or Klattasine; died 1864), a chief of the Chilcotin (Tsilhqot'in) people, led a small group of warriors in attacks on road-building crews near Bute Inlet, British Columbia, in April and May 1864. The road crews had been starving and underpaying Tsilhqot'in workers, as well as sexually abusing young Tsilhqot'in women, which provoked Lhats'asʔin to declare war on intruders to Tsilhqot'in lands. Lhats'asʔin and his followers were captured on August 11, 1864 under false pretenses of peace parley to end the Chilcotin War.[1] They were shackled and tried as murderers, and were hanged at Quesnellemouth (Quesnel, B.C.) on October 26, 1864.[2] Lhats'asʔin and his fellow war chiefs were exonerated for any crime or wrongdoing on October 23, 2014, by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.[3]

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  1. ^ Tsilhqot'in warrior Nezunlhtsin: TNG & Xeni Gwetin FN Government, 26 October 2002
  2. ^ "Klatsassin (Klatsassan, Klattasine)". Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volume IX (1861-1870). University of Toronto. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tsilhqot'in chiefs hanged in 1864 exonerated by B.C. Premier Christy Clark)". CBC News. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 

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