Outrage and the old west – the Sand Creek Massacre

The long lens of history provides us the opportunity to challenge the decisions made by the pioneers of the old west. The treatment of the Native American Tribes is a great example of Monday morning quarterbacking. The massacre of the Cheyenne’s at Sand Creek is a case in point. What could possible have induced the Colorado Third Regiment to ride down on these “peaceful Indians”? In May of 1863 Territorial Governor Evans received word that the Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribes were holding a big secret conference with the Sioux for the purpose of uniting and driving the white man out … Continue reading