National Parks Service
An informational plaque at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site tells the story of the massacre.

State, Tribes to Collaborate on Sand Creek Massacre 150th Anniversary

Office of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced two major efforts on Monday, March 17 regarding the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.

The first is a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the State of Colorado and History Colorado with the Northern Cheyenne of Montana, the Northern Arapaho of Wyoming and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma to create a government-to-government agreement that demonstrates a commitment between the State and the Tribes to educate the public about the Cheyenne and Arapaho people and culture and the history of the Sand Creek Massacre.

 Hickenlooper also announced a new Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission, which was created by Executive Order. The commission will be co-chaired by Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and include tribal, federal, state and local governments, historians, scholars, religious leaders, and institutions of higher education, to work together to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.


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Michael Madrid
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One can only hope that bringing this violent history to light will educate the public about the tribulations NDNs suffered in the past. I'm hoping that it will curb the racial discrimination that NDN students in California are suffering.