On November 29, 1864, U.S. Army Volunteers marched on a peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho, brutally murdering 200 men, women and children before looting the village. This unauthorized attack was condemned by Congress, but nevertheless sparked warfare between Native Americans and settlers from Texas to the Canadian border. The innocent, murdered in cold blood, believed they were under the protection of United States authorities, who then returned to Denver to boast of the killing as an act of patriotism.
As the 150th anniversary of this tragedy approaches, Tesoro Cultural Center will honor the descendants of the innocent by giving them a voice, offering the public varying perspectives and educating on the consequences of the massacre.
Tesoro Cultural Center’s Historic Lecture Series – “150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre: The Descendants’ Voices”
Sunday, November 2, 2014 | 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Jeff Campbell, historian at the National Park Service Sand Creek Massacre site, will give an introduction and overview of the Sand Creek Massacre, for this unique commemoration lecture. Campbell will then introduce Karen Little Coyote (Cheyenne) and Al Addison (Arapahoe), who will share the stories of their ancestors, the fate of their tribes and the impact of the massacre on tribal relations today. There will be a free afternoon session hosted at the Denver Public Library and an evening lecture at The Fort, accompanied by a prix fixe, three-course dinner. Tickets for the evening lecture may be purchased at TesoroCulturalCenter.org.
Farolito Lighting & Pinecone Ceremony Honoring Dr. Alexa Roberts
Sunday, November 30, 2014 | 4:30 p.m.
The Tesoro Cultural Center will celebrate the Southwestern tradition of lighting the farolitos—paper lanterns—in the courtyard of The Fort. The festivities usher in the holiday season and honor a member of the community who has enlightened the minds and souls of others. This year’s honoree is Dr. Alexa Roberts, Superintendent of the National Park Service Sand Creek Massacre site, for her efforts in uniting the tribes involved in the Sand Creek Massacre with education and understanding in order to inspire healing. An American Indian musician will perform songs of honor and healing for the descendants in attendance, and a pinecone will be ceremoniously placed into the fire to send messages to the fallen. This event is free and open to the public and features complimentary apple cider, coffee and biscochitos provided by The Fort.
Tesoro Cultural Center’s Historic Lecture Series – “Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Road to Denver, 1864 – 1869”
Sunday, January 25, 2015 | 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tesoro Cultural Center proudly presents an afternoon and evening lecture by Dr. Jeff Broome. Dr. Broome will discuss his recently published book, Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Road to Denver, 1864-1869, in which he examines more than 13,000 National Archive legal claims of losses by settlers due to Indian War raids. The records poignantly describe, with legal testimony, their losses of property, livestock and human lives. Dr. Broome’s book represents the civilian point of view surrounding the Sand Creek Massacre. A free lecture will be hosted at The Denver Public Library and the evening lecture at The Fort will include a prix fixe, three-course dinner. Tickets for the evening lecture may be purchased at TesoroCulturalCenter.org.
For more information regarding the 150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre and similar commemoration events, visit SandCreekMassacre150.com.