Near Chivington in Kiowa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Past, Present, and Future Come Together
As the final shots faded throughout the valley and November 29 drew to a close, approximately 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho lay dead. Most of those killed were women, children and the elderly, but also dead were 13 chiefs and four society headmen.
For the Cheyenne and Arapaho, years of hardship lay ahead. In the late 1800's, US policy toward all Native peoples shifted from removal and concentration to assimilation, denying many tribal people their culture, language, and traditional way of life.
Despite these hardships, the spirit of the Cheyenne and Arapaho People endured. Today these tribes reside in Oklahoma, Montana, and Wyoming, where they maintain their traditional way of life.
Cheyenne and Arapaho representatives, descendants, ceremonial leaders, and youth return to Sand Creek every year to offer prayers and remembrances for the land, for the spirits of those who perished, and for current and future generations. Through these acts of remembrance and healing, the landscape of the Sand Creek Massacre remains a living, hallowed place where
“Something comes over me each time I come out here. You can feel the spirits out here.”
Karen Little Coyote
"We should not be afraid to criticize and condemn that which is inexcusable... On behalf of the state of Colorado, I want to apologize,..."
Governor John Hickenlooper (on the occasion of the first apology offered by a sitting Colorado Governor to the Cheyenne and Arapaho People for the Sand Creek Massacre, December 3, 2014)
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Wars, US Indian. A significant day of the year for for this entry is November 29.
Location. 38° 33.608′ N, 102° 31.617′ W. Marker is near Chivington, Colorado, in Kiowa County. Marker can be reached from County Highway W east of Chief White Antelope Way. Located on the Bluff Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eads CO 81036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Incriminations and Culpability (here, next to this marker); An End to the Slaughter (a few steps from this marker); Incredible Feats of Bravery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chaos, Disorder, and Disgust (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Big Head Fight (approx. Conflict Within and Without (approx. half a mile away); Attack and Pursuit (approx. ¾ mile away); Troops Approach the Village (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chivington.
Also see . . . The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No More (Smithsonian Magazine, Dec. 2014). (Submitted on September 5, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.