Sand Creek: These words have become synonymous with perhaps the most infamous and insidious incident in Colorado history. Nov. 29, 1864, a 700-man militia led by John Milton Chivington raided a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho settlement in southeast Colorado, slaughtering and mutilating an estimated 200 American Indians, most of whom were women, children and elders.
For more than 146 years, people have been trying to understand how so-called civilized people could commit such a grisly act. Yet, while we continue to examine the psychology behind man’s inhumanity toward man, perhaps it is helpful to reflect on what has been learned from it . . . and examine what has yet to be learned.
Professor of History Tom Noel, left, and Associate Professor of Political Science Glenn Morris, right, will be part of an expert panel at the Denver Public Library that will ask: What did Colorado learn from the Sand Creek tragedy and what lessons have we missed?
The discussion will be 2-4:45 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway. Seating will begin at 1:45 p.m. and admission is free.
“Sand Creek is a sad but crucial story that every American should know,” stresses Noel, aka “Dr. Colorado.” “The worst slaughter in U.S. history was done by our own army on our own soil to wipe out old men, women and children who camped where the U.S. Army told them to camp under a white flag and an American flag.”
Other expert panelists include:
Rose Fredrick, curator and art consultant , Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA)
Col Ronald G. Machoian, PhD,
director of international programs and assistant professor of military and strategic studies, Air Force Academy
George E. “Tink” Tinker, PhD, a Clifford Baldridge professor of American Indian cultures and religious traditions, Iliff School of Theology
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