Sand Creek Monument Update

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Legislation to create the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is headed to President Bush after the U-S Senate gave the measure its final approval.

The bill approved yesterday sets aside 24-hundred acres of land 180 miles southeast of Denver for a site honoring the men, women and children of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes killed by Colorado militiamen.

The site will be managed by the National Park Service in a partnership with the tribes.

The bill was first worked on by former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. He was able to pass a measure through the Senate, which later stalled in the House.

In a surprise attack on November 29th, 1864, about 700 militiamen killed more than 163 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in a raid on their camp at the site.

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Most of the victims were women, children and elderly men, and Congress later determined the attack was unprovoked.

The tribes have spent the past three decades trying to establish a monument at Sand Creek.


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