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.
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.