Last week we joined Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and leaders from the Northern Arapaho Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes to announce the addition of almost 3,500 acres to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.
The Sand Creek Massacre was a horrific, unthinkable cruelty. On November 29, 1864, U.S. soldiers killed 230 Native people – mostly women, children, and the elderly.
We heard the stories from the descendants of the survivors, and saw firsthand the incredible perseverance of these Tribes. It’s thanks to these descendants, and the community members who worked together, that this story has been remembered after being suppressed for so long. In fact, it took until I was governor 150 years later for us to officially acknowledge and apologize.
What we choose to protect and recognize within our National Parks System is a symbol of our values. We can’t change the past but we can ensure the story of Sand Creek and the victims are remembered for generations to come.
Thanks for listening,
Senator John Hickenlooper