Gov. John Hickenlooper announced two major efforts on Monday, March 17 regarding the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.
The first is a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the State of Colorado and History Colorado with the Northern Cheyenne of Montana, the Northern Arapaho of Wyoming and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma to create a government-to-government agreement that demonstrates a commitment between the State and the Tribes to educate the public about the Cheyenne and Arapaho people and culture and the history of the Sand Creek Massacre.
Hickenlooper also announced a new Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission, which was created by Executive Order. The commission will be co-chaired by Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and include tribal, federal, state and local governments, historians, scholars, religious leaders, and institutions of higher education, to work together to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.
“The MOA and the joint commission create an avenue for statewide collaboration, communication and coordination to educate the public about the Cheyenne and Arapaho people and the history of the Sand Creek Massacre,” Hickenlooper said. “Both will serve to strengthen our ongoing relationship with the tribes, honor their history, celebrate their culture and most importantly prevent horrific acts such as these from ever occurring again.”
The Commission will coordinate activities and events that commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864.
The MOA is the outcome of consultations between History Colorado and the Tribes to address concerns about the History Colorado Center’s Sand Creek Massacre exhibit, as well as to develop a plan for future relations. Consultations about the exhibit continue with History Colorado, the Tribes, the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and the National Park Service Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.