On Monday, Governor John Hickenlooper announced the creation of the Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission, designed to further understanding of that dark chapter in Colorado history as the 50th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre approaches on November 29, 1964. And that process just got a ... More >>
Yesterday, the State of Colorado, History Colorado and representatives of the tribes whose ancestors died at Sand Creek -- the Northern Cheyenne of Montana, the Northern Arapaho of Wyoming, and the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes of Oklahoma -- signed a Memorandum of Agreement, "government-to-governmen ... More >>
The fifteenth annual Sand Creek Massacre Healing Run was full of moving sights and sounds -- from its start at the actual massacre site, which is marked by a sign advising visitors of the "sacred ground" where over 150 Cheyenne and Arapahoe were killed on November 29, 1864, to the State Capitol, and ... More >>
In this week's cover story, "The Sand Creek Massacre Healing Run honors the past, but is heading for the future," Patricia Calhoun chronicles the fifteenth annual Healing Run, marking the November 29, 1864 massacre of 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho -- most of them women, children or elderly men -- by volu ... More >>
History Colorado opened its phase two exhibit, Living West, this past weekend. It's right across the hall from the phase one exhibits that debuted with the museum in April 2012: Colorado Stories, or what's left of them. The sections devoted to Bent's Fort, Camp Amache, Steamboat skiing, mining and ... More >>
While History Colorado and tribal representatives consult on Collision, an exhibit dedicated to the Sand Creek Massacre, and the political and cultural issues that continue to reverberate, other groups are gearing up to mark next year's 150th anniversary of this sad chapter in Colorado history. Loca ... More >>
When a wrong is almost 150 years old, righting it may not be quick. That's one of the many lessons of the Sand Creek Massacre, a stain on Colorado history that stretches back to November 29, 1864, when Colonel John Chivington led 700 troops on a raid of a peaceful Indian camp at Sand Creek, killing ... More >>
Historian Ari Kelman was watching Iron Man 3 this past weekend with his son when he was startled by a familiar reference, one that seemed very out of context in a Hollywood blockbuster. Mandarin, the apparent arch-villain played by Ben Kingsley, was comparing his own act of terrorism in attacking a ... More >>
While the University of Denver explores the role that John Evans, its founder, had to the Sand Creek Massacre, some people have moved beyond study to action. Aaron Sears, for example, has written a script for a movie he plans to direct: The Soul of Silas. The film is far from a big-budget affair -- ... More >>
The explosions outside the State Capitol yesterday startled people from downtown to Capitol Hill. But unlike so many other explosions today, these were planned. Artillery blasts marked the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass, on March 26, 1862, when Colonel John Chivington led the First ... More >>
The University of Denver Pioneers have always had that fighting spirit -- but lately, much of the fight has focused on the school's long-defunct mascot, a bearded, coonskin-cap-wearing cartoon character named Denver Boone, which was designed by a Walt Disney artist and served as the school's officia ... More >>
This is Founder's Day at the University of Denver, with the founder in question being then-territorial governor John Evans. In fact, "the university's highest award" is the Evans Award, which will be handed out to a Board of Trustees member tonight. Before he moved to Colorado, Evans had founded Nor ... More >>
Before John Evans moved west in 1862 to become the first territorial governor of Colorado and found the school that grew into the University of Denver (as well as inspire the naming of streets, towns and a mountain), he was among nine founders of Northwestern University north of Chicago, in what's n ... More >>
The story of the Sand Creek Massacre is a difficult one to tell -- but also a critical one to tell, and tell right. That's why the Northern Cheyenne are so disappointed with Collision, the History Colorado exhibit, that they have asked it be taken down. That's why two lectures by University of Color ... More >>
With all its fancy production -- a soundtrack with barking dogs, gunfire, screams; misty quotes appearing and disappearing, mysterious red, white and blue lights illuminating artifacts -- the single-most stunning item in Collsion: The Sand Creek Massacre, 1860s-Today at History Colorado is a single ... More >>
Mark MangerA delegation from Bent County and Governor John Hickenlooper's office went to Washington this week in an effort to interest the federal government in "repurposing" the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility, a remote and troubled state prison on the eastern plains that's scheduled to clos ... More >>
Colonel John M. Chivington, who led the raid known as the Sand Creek Massacre. In "Rocky Mountain News' 150th Anniversary Project Gets Off to a Stumbling Start," an October 31 blog, I wrote about a new series in which the Rocky looks back on major events during the past century and a half through ... More >>
Meet us on Alameda, where cultures collide. In a good way.
Bought by the state for a dollar, Fort Lyon is rich in history, asbestos, sick inmates — and trouble.
Chicago in 1968 was a place of violence and chaos. Some activists would like to re-create those good old days.
Virginia Mattern's collection of Native American art is at the DAM.
Bean and nothingness
Gabriel's Daughter unfolds into a pleasant Western pageant.
The bells are gently ringing
One man goes the distance for the memory of Sand Creek.
The battle over the Sand Creek massacre just won't end.
While historians search for the site of the Sand Creek Massacre, Laird Cometsevah listens to his ancestors.