Reader: Sand Creek Massacre is a piece of history that should not be ignored

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Site of the Sand Creek Massacre

Not enough history for you in History Colorado? Did you want more context in the exhibit devoted to the Sand Creek Massacre? That was one of the complaints in the New York Times piece on the new facility -- which echoed some of Michael Paglia's criticisms of History Colorado.

There are ways to fill in the gaps.

Says Donald Vasicek:


"The Sand Creek Massacre,"an award-winning documentary film that was recently cataloged into Smithsonian Institute Libraries, depicts a history of Colorado about whom many would rather turn their backs. The story in the film is told from the perspective of Cheyenne and Arapaho people, whose ancestors were survived the Sand Creek Massacre. The history they impart is rich. It defines a period of time in Colorado history when racism was so rampant it resulted in the murder of over 400 women, children, elders and special needs people at Sand Creek. The film was made to inform, to educate and to create awareness for America's native people. Colorado continues to exude its racism by ignoring this film.

Find out more about Vasicek's film here.

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