Colorado History: The Massacre at Sand Creek





145 years ago today, November 29, 1864, Colorado's Sand Creek Massacre took the lives of 160 Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribal members when the 1st and 3rd Colorado Calvary attacked. Under the leadership of Col. John Chivington, they opened fire on a peaceful camp of Native Americans in Southeastern Colorado and left only a handful of survivors.

About 40 tribal members and Native American supporters gathered in Denver to join in the 11th Annual Spiritual Healing Run/Walk which started at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Eads.

Antoinette Red Woman, a descendent of those who were massacred, is quoted in the Denver Post as saying, 'This is Colorado and U.S.History.' She said, 'Everyone should know this happened.'



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