1864 – The Sand Creek Massacre

1864 – The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia, led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.

The atrocities committed by the soldiers were initially praised, but then condemned as the circumstances of the massacre emerged. Chivington resigned from the military and aborted his budding political career. Black Kettle survived and continued his peace efforts. In 1865, his followers accepted a new reservation in Indian Territory.

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November 28, 2022


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November 23, 2021

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November 13, 2009