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Sand Creek Massacre: Rocky Mountain PBS Will Air an Hour-Long Special on Thanksgiving

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On Saturday, November 29, members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes will gather in southeast Colorado to mark the 150th anniversary of that dark day in 1864 when 150 tribal members -- most of them elderly men, women and children -- were killed by volunteer soldiers led by Colonel John Chivington. But you don't have to travel to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to learn more about this dark day in Colorado history. You don't need to go further than your TV set tomorrow night. See also: John Evans's Descendents Discuss a Dark Legacy

At 7 p.m. on November 27, Rocky Mountain PBS will air a special, hour-long original episode of Colorado Experience that tells the story of the Sand Creek Massacre through exhaustive interviews with historians and 22 descendents of the survivors of Sand Creek.

It may seem unusual fare for Thanksgiving, but the fact that Rocky Mountain PBS devoted so much time and so many resources to this important chapter in Colorado history is reason for thanks. If you miss the premiere, the show will be available online afterwards. For more information, go to rmpbs.org/ColoradoExperience.

And for a complete list of activities connected to the commemoration of the Sand Creek Massacre, including the Healing Run that starts at Sand Creek on November 30 and ends at the State Capitol on December 3, visit sandcreekmassacre150.com.

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