In the report of the Joint Congressional Committee on the Sand Creek Massacre in 1865, Benjamin Wade, a Senator from the Indian-killing Republican Party, nonetheless, wrote: it is shocking that "beings in human form" can have done such things...
This is the only American massacre, among all those involved in genocide against indigenous people from the Pequot massacre in 1638 to Wounded Knee, which was condemned by the Federal government in three separate hearings. It is the one massacre committed by the US army anywhere in the world from the Philippines to Vietnam to which there is a domestic national monument - the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site - near Eads.
The road to the historical site is fairly desolate. One passes through the town of Chivington, named for the Colonel and Republican candidate for Congress who commanded the massacre.
Vicki LeftHand has created a petition on change.org to rename the town. The ghosts of Colorado's founding in the slaughter of peaceful Cheyennes and Arapahos, the mutilation of women, the casual slaughter of babies, including one cut from his mother's womb, the driving out of the Native Americans whose territory this was - these haunt the state and the country till this moment. If we want an inclusive and democratic society in which every person is recognized as a citizen, renouncing this heritage and beginning to heal is a necessity in this century. It is time to end the irredendist celebration of Sand Creek and its perpetrators.
"Change the name of Chivington, Colorado
St Louis, United States
In the early morning hours of November 29, 1864 at Sand Creek, Colorado as they lay asleep U.S. Colonel John M. Chivington, commander in charge of the Colorado Volunteers, was responsible for the needless deaths of approximately 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children who were all under the “protection” of the United States government. Under his command, Chivington’s men not only brutally murdered these people, but mutilated their bodies (including genitalia) and, in a show of “victory”, paraded these so-called souvenirs down the streets of Denver while the townspeople looked on and cheered. During the brutal attack, not only was a United States flag flown in open sight, but a white flag, which is a universal sign of surrender, was also displayed in the open at the Cheyenne and Arapaho camps at Sand Creek for all eyes to see.
While President Lincoln “promised” to investigate AND punish Chivington for his crimes, no justice has ever been served and in fact, instead of facing justice for the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children who were all under the protection of the United States government, a town in the State of Colorado was named after the commander in charge of such an atrocity – Chivington. Genocidal mass murders should NEVER be allowed, let alone HONORED.
In remembrance of the 150 year anniversary of this massacre of the estimated 150 innocent Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children brutally and unjustly killed at Sand Creek, I would ask that you change the name of the town of Chivington, Colorado and let the healing of these Nations begin. This will be an ongoing petition until the town named after Colonel John M. Chivington is REMOVED from the State of Colorado and RENAMED. Please help to begin the healing process.
Victoria S. LeftHand"
You can sign the petition here.