Thursday, November 29

Sand Creek - remembered?

Today is the 143rd anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, when a militia of Colorado soldiers slaughtered between 150 and 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho people (mostly women and children) and then mutilated their bodies on November 29, 1864. The location of the massacre was designated a National Historic Site by the National Park Service earlier this year, yet I haven't seen a single article about the event in any Colorado newspapers online today.

A few years ago, I got to spend some time with members of the Northern Cheyenne tribe -- now based in Montana -- while they were in Colorado, including during the repatriation of remains of massacre victims, which had been removed by collectors and held by museums around the country. I wrote an article for the Bullhorn on the experience and about the tribes' cultural reclamation of the site (and their rejection of a casino in Colorado). Unfortunately, it's no longer available anywhere online.

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