the spring of 1876 and continuing into the 1880s, some Northwestern
Shoshones applied for land in Box Elder County, Utah, under the
Homestead Act, hoping that by doing so they would avoid another
Corinne experience. About this time, Isacc Zundel was called by
the LDS church to labor with the Shoshone. The objective was to
teach the Shoshone farming and industrial practices, encouraging
them to become self-sufficient. Other white families were called
by the LDS church to settle among the Shoshone on what had now
become known as the Malad Indian Farm. Again crops were planted.
In addition, lumber was being obtained with which to build houses.
Even though the farming experience in this area generally had
been very positive, there were still some drawbacks. The size
of the land holding was considered to be too small for the number
of Indians that were expected to inhabit the farm. Consideration
was being given once again settle the Shoshone band in Cache Valley.
This idea was discarded in favor of moving the Shoshone band and
the farming operation to an area called the Brigham Farm in the
Malad Valley. This location was still in Utah, about twenty miles
south of Malad, Idaho, and about four miles south or Portage,
Utah. The land was purchased from the Brigham City M and M Company,
which at that time was managed by Mormon leader Lorenzo Snow.
There was a house and a granary already built at a location on
the farm, which was about two miles south of what was to become
the permanent location of the Washakie settlement, the settlement
was named after the respected Shoshone leader Washakie.