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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.[citation needed] On 29 April 1864, Klatsassin arrived at a ferry site 30 miles up the Homathko River. He and his warriors brutally murdered ferry-keeper Tim Smith, plundering the food and stores kept there. [1]. The next day, Klatsassin attacked the unsuspecting and unarmed road workers at the main camp, killing 9. Further up the trail, the band came upon foreman William Brewster and three of his men. All were killed, Brewsters body being mutilated and left while the other three were thrown in the river. The band also killed William Manning, a settler at Puntzi Lake. Proceeding into the interior to escape justice, Klatsassin and his followers ambushed a pack-train led by Alexander McDonald; three more white workers were murdered. In all, 19 white settlers were murdered by Klattassan and followers. [2]..Lhats'asʔin and his followers were captured on August 11, 1864 under false pretenses of peace parley to end the Chilcotin War.[3] They were shackled and tried as murderers, and were hanged at Quesnellemouth (Quesnel, B.C.) on October 26, 1864.[4] . Lhats'asʔin and his fellow war chiefs were exonerated for any crime or wrongdoing on October 23, 2014, by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.[5]

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  1. ^ http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio.php?id_nbr=4527
  2. ^ http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio.php?id_nbr=4527
  3. ^ Tsilhqot'in warrior Nezunlhtsin: TNG & Xeni Gwetin FN Government, 26 October 2002
  4. ^ "Klatsassin (Klatsassan, Klattasine)". Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volume IX (1861-1870). University of Toronto. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Tsilhqot'in chiefs hanged in 1864 exonerated by B.C. Premier Christy Clark)". CBC News. Retrieved 16 February 2015.

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