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  • Writer's pictureLonnie Jeffries

Blood on the Plains: The Sand Creek Massacre

In the annals of American history, few events are as haunting as the Sand Creek Massacre, where the tranquil plains of Colorado turned into a scene of unspeakable horror.

In the dawn of November 29, 1864, a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho camp nestled along Sand Creek awakened to an unexpected onslaught. Led by Colonel John Chivington, a Colorado militia descended upon the unsuspecting village under the guise of protection. But what followed was a betrayal of trust and humanity.

Men, women, and children, who had raised the American flag in a gesture of peace, were met with a barrage of gunfire and savagery. The massacre was indiscriminate and brutal, sparing no one as innocent lives were cut short mercilessly.

The aftermath was a ghastly sight, with the once serene plains now stained with the blood of the innocent. The Sand Creek Massacre was not a battle but a massacre, an act of barbarism that shook the conscience of the nation.

As the dust settled and the cries of the survivors echoed across the plains, the true extent of the atrocity became evident. The massacre at Sand Creek was not just an attack on a peaceful village but a symbol of the systemic violence and betrayal inflicted upon Native American peoples throughout history.

Today, the memory of the Sand Creek Massacre serves as a solemn reminder of the need to confront the dark chapters of the past and strive for reconciliation and justice. It stands as a testament to the resilience of Indigenous peoples and a call to honor the lives lost and the wounds that still linger on the plains stained with blood.

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