Dear Citizens-
Wellsville City has been overwhelmed by the correspondence received about our Founders’ Day Sham Battle. Please forgive us for not commenting or responding immediately. We have been recipients of articles, emails, and social media posts of concern regarding the re-enactment of our Pioneer tradition. Wellsville City is working to review and make the changes necessary to portray an accurate representation of the relationship between the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation and the Mormon Pioneers in Wellsville.
Wellsville City officials met with tribal members of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation and agree our depiction of the Native Americans portrayed in the annual Founders’ Day Sham Battle does not convey the relationship the Pioneers had, or the respect we have today, for our Native American neighbors.
Wellsville City meant no disrespect. We apologize if we’ve offended anyone. We are grateful for this opportunity to have productive conversations with the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. They have agreed to help us create an updated event that depicts historical accuracy and may tell a story rich in heritage and culture.
Thank you.