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Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to Host a Variety of Speakers

Karen Wilde
The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will be hosting a series of speakers/educators throughout 2018 and 2019 to present sessions that will address American history, tribal histories, American Indian Law, and Native and Non-Native American perspectives of the historical context in which the Sand Creek Massacre took place.

Sand Creek speaker series: causes of the Sand Creek Massacre

“I tell you, Ned, it was hard to see little children on their knees have their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized.”

So wrote Captain Silas S. Soule in 1864, shortly after the national tragedy known as the Sand Creek Massacre. Two hundred and thirty souls – Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children – lost their lives that cold November day in 1864.

It’s a tragedy that haunts us today. But what were the causes that led to this brutal attack?

Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m., join noted historian and author Dr. Gary L. Roberts, at the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (Plains Theatre) in Eads, for a presentation on some of the underlying causes that were responsible for the horrific massacre at Sand Creek.
Dr. Gary L. Roberts is an Emeritus Professor of History at Abraham Baldwin College, Tifton, Georgia. He is a respected historian of the American West and the author of numerous publications about the frontier and “Massacre at Sand Creek: How Methodists were involved in an American Tragedy.”
He has consulted with the National Park Service; the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma; the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming; and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana. His 1984 doctoral dissertation “Sand Creek: Tragedy and Symbol” is regarded as one of the most accurate and enduring accounts of this national tragedy.
Roberts’s presentation is part of a series of free public sessions, hosted by Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, for education on Native and Non-Native American perspectives of the historical context in which the Sand Creek Massacre took place. The education series of speakers, historians, and educators will be scheduled throughout 2018 and 2019 to present sessions that will address American history, tribal histories, and American Indian Law.
For more information, contact Karen Wilde, Sand Creek Massacre NHS, (719) 438-5916 or visit www.nps.gov/sand.

17th Annual Spiritual Healing Run

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  2. 1,000 Visitors Attend 150th year Remembrance

150th Sand Creek Massacre Remembrance       and 16th Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk Nov 29 - Dec 3

Kiowa County Residents Invited to 150th Year Remembrance and 16th Annual Spiritual Healing Run Events

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Alexa Roberts, who began the effort to establish Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site 19 years ago, retired on Oct. 31 as superintendent of the High Plains Group Parks (Sand Creek Massacre NHS, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, and Capulin Volcano National Monument). RobertAlexa Roberts NPS Photos became Sand Creek Massacre’s first superintendent in 2003 and, four years later, the Bent's Old Fort -based group superintendent after Sand Creek Massacre NHS was formally established. A 25-year National Park Service (NPS) veteran, she first worked for the NPS in 1984-85 with a Wupatki National Monument archeological crew, documenting Navajo sites and conducting oral history interviews. She became a permanent NPS employee on Halloween 1994 as a cultural anthropologist in the Southwest Region Office in Santa Fe just before NPS reorganized it as a support office of the new Intermountain Region. With a team including Ed Natay, Virginia Salazar, and Allen Bohnert, Roberts consulted with numerous tribes about implementing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). She worked as a member of the site study team for the Sand Creek Massacre after the future park’s study act was passed in 1998. “What incredible places these three parks are,” Roberts said. “It has been an honor beyond description to see Sand Creek Massacre NHS come to fruition. An honor, too, to have worked closely with the Cheyenne and Arapaho and our dedicated NPS staff, who put their hearts and souls into such a sensitive and significant place. Our employees and volunteers at Bent’s Fort and Capulin Volcano have been equally dedicated.”

A New Mexico native, she will return there in retirement to spend more time with “my rag-tag collection of six dogs.” She plans to revisit her SE Colorado parks as a volunteer to help cook for special events.

Roberts has been active member of the Southeast Colorado community for many years, serving on committees and boards throughout the area, including: Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado, Otero County Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Kiowa County Historic Preservation Commission, Bent's New Fort Foundation, and so many more.

Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement. She will be greatly missed.

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The 150th Year Remembrance of the Sand Creek Massacre
Over  as thousand attended the Remembrance of the Sand Creek Massacre at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. It was 150 years before, on November 29 1864 when Colonel Chivington lead troops to attack and massacre the camp of Cheyenne and Arapahoe on Sand Creek. At least 165, mainly women, children and elderly were killed in the massacre.
Alexia Roberts, Superintendent for the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, welcome everyone. Chief Alan Fletcher, from the Southern Cheyenne, said the prayer.
Several dignitaries spoke about the process that was needed to create the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.
State Senator District 6, Ellen Roberts, spoke of her involvement for passage in the Colorado Legislation to create a national park.
United States Congressman Cory Gardner told of his introducing a bill that will allow the National Park Service to operate and use a visitor center for the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Congressman Gardner released this statement earlier. “The visitor center will provide much-needed context for those who visit this site and ensure that it is properly memorialized”
Bishop Elaine Stanovsky of the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Annual Conferences for the United Methods Church talked of the church involvement. She noted all must learn from this tragedy and heal.  Though the atrocity only lasted hours it takes a life time of many to begin to heal.
Byron Strom, a descendent of Captain Silas Soule, read letters written by the Captain. In the letters Captain Soule describe the brutal assault against the woman, children and elderly. Captain Soule refuses to order his troops to participate in the attack. Captain Soule was murdered after offering to testify against Chivington .
William Walks Along, Executive Administrator for the Northern Cheyenne, told of his trip to Washington D.C. testifying bringing the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to reality.
Karen Little Coyote spoke of her involvement and the importance of the Remembrance and the continuing healing.
Several recognized and gave credit to former US Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell sponsoring the bill ‘Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Study Act ‘in 1988. This was the beginning of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.
Chiefs’ from the Northern and Southern Cheyenne read the names of many Chiefs’ that died in the Massacre.
Eve of the 150th Year Remembrance
Sunday November 30, 2014 was the 16th annual Healing Run.

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Sand Creek Massacre NHS Switches to New Winter Schedule December 2, 2018

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will switch to a new winter schedule beginning Sunday, December 2, 2018.  The park will be open Thursday through Monday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed all day Tuesday and Wednesday.  The new schedule means that the park will be open every Saturday and Sunday during the winter. The winter schedule will remain in effect through March 1, 2019. 
 The park will be closed in observance of the Christmas (Tuesday, December 25) and New Year’s Day Holidays (Tuesday, January 1, 2019).
 Guided tours of the park may be possible on Tuesday and Wednesday, if staffing permits. Contact the park Administrative Headquarters at (719) 438-5916. Please provide a minimum two week notice, when inquiring about visiting the park during winter closures. Entrance to the Sand Creek Massacre NHS is free.
 For additional information, please contact Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site at 719-438-5916 or 719-729-3003, or visit www.nps.gov/sand.
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The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site was authorized by Public Law 106-465 on November 7, 2000 to recognize the national significance of the massacre in American history, and its ongoing significance to the Cheyenne and Arapaho people and descendents of the massacre victims.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2000

 

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President Bush Signed the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Ste bill Tuesday August 2,2005

The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS)   Establishment of the NHS,  to help preserve and commemorate the site of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, was authorized by Public Law 106-465, in November, 2000. 
 In the summer of 2005, Public Law 109-45 authorized the Secretary of Interior to accept trust responsibility for 1465 acres within the site, currently owned by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.  This area, the former ‘Dawson Ranch’, was acquired by the Tribes in 2003. 
Title work to convey this land from the tribes to the United States has been completed.  The Secretary of Interior  formally establish the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site April 28, 2007. Initially, the NHS  includes about 2,400 acres. 
 Currently, the National Park Service (NPS) is working to understand and protect the site’s natural and cultural resources.  Through various partnerships, the NPS has initiated wildfire prevention and management efforts, environmental history and stewardship projects, plant and animal species inventories, and other projects.  The NPS has worked closely with Kiowa County, the Northern and Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Public Lands Corps, the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service, and Northern and Southern Cheyenne tribal fire crews. 
Through the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, which partners university researchers with federal land management needs, the site has received assistance from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, the University of Montana, Utah State University, and the University of Nevada Reno.

 

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The Sand Creek Massacre is one of Colorado’s most profound historic events.  The legacy of the attack and its aftermath has reverberated throughout the west for more than a century.  The Indian Campaign which culminated at Sand Creek, involved several Regiments of Colorado Volunteers.

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History
The Sand Creek Massacre site, located near the town of Chivington, is one of Colorado's most controversial historical events. 
The legacy of the attack and its aftermath has reverberated throughout the west for more than a century.  The Indian Campaign which culminated at Sand Creek, involved several Regiments of Colorado Volunteers.
Before the five-day ride down the Arkansas, the volunteers were joined by Colonel John Chivington.  After a stop at Fort Lyon, where the troops were augmented by additional by a battalion of the Colorado 1st and a detachment of New Mexico Infantry commanded by Major Scott Anthony, the command began an all-night ride to Sand Creek.  
The Cheyenne and Arapaho people believed they were under the protection of the U.S. Army were winter camped along the north bank of Big Sandy Creek. There were about 100 lodges of Cheyenne and a few lodges of Arapaho, about 500 people total. The village consisted mainly of women, children and the old.   Many of the men were away seeking food, at the time of the attack.  
The assault on the camps of Chiefs Black Kettle, White Antelope, Bear Tongue, Spotted Crow and others extended for several miles along the valley of the Big Sandy began in the early morning hours of November 29.1864. By the end of the day around 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho lay dead.
The Coloradans also suffered, with several dozen casualties in killed and wounded, including some 13 commissioned and non-commissioned officers.
Atrocities committed by some soldiers, and questions surrounding the attack, resulted in a military inquiry and several Congressional investigations.  These Investigations labeled the attack a massacre, and condemned the role of Colonel Chivington.
Now
Efforts by the NPS to locate the Sand Creek Massacre site began in 1998 when Congress passed the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Study Act.  Using a range of research, including archeology, historical documentation and tribal traditional methods, a boundary roughly 5 miles in length and 2 miles wide was identified.  In 2001, the “core” of this area, about 7,500 acres, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2000, the park unit was established for the following reasons (NPS 2000a):
• To protect and preserve the site, including the topographic features that the Secretary determines are important to the site; artifacts and other physical remains of the Sand Creek Massacre; and the cultural landscape of the site, in a manner that preserves, as closely as practicable, the cultural landscape of the site as it appeared at the time of the Sand Creek Massacre; and
• To interpret the natural and cultural resource values associated with the site and to provide for public understanding and appreciation of, and preserve for future generations, those values; and
• To memorialize, commemorate, and provide information to visitors to the site to enhance cultural understanding about the site; and to assist in minimizing the chances of similar incidents in the future.
 Alden Miller - Superintendent  for the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

You may contact the Sand Creek offices at  910 Wansted, P.O. Box 249,Eads, Colorado 81036  Phone 719-438-5916 -719-729-3003 . The parks official website is www.nps.gov/sand

 
   

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