The 17th Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk

Healing Run

The 17th Annual Spiritual Healing Run will be held from Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th, the anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.  The healing run was started in 1999 by the late Lee Lone Bear, when President Clinton signed the law establishing the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. “The main purpose is healing…dealing with the trauma today, and also to honor and never forget what our ancestors went through,” said Vanessa Braided Hair in an interview with Mike Sandrock for the Daily Camera. The run begins at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads, CO and continues nearly 175 miles along the route Colonel Chivington and his men took back to Denver, ending at the west side Colorado State Capitol, where Governor HIckenlooper will speak. According to Otto Braided Hair the run is meant to “clean the area, the path all the way to Denver, to help if any spirit is along the way.” The Remember Sand Creek Initiative also seeks to honor the victims of the massacre by creating a memorial to the Sand Creek Massacre on the capitol grounds at the end of the Spiritual Healing Run. See the itinerary for the Spiritual Healing Run below:

Healing run

 

Remember Sand Creek campaign launched to build Memorial at Colorado State Capitol

The Northern Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne, and Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, in partnership with the One Earth Future foundation, have launched Remember Sand Creek – a campaign to create a permanent memorial at the Colorado State Capitol honoring the victims of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Remember Sand Creek supporter, said “there needs to be a permanent memorial to the victims of the Sand Creek Massacre at the Colorado State Capitol, not only to tell the story to the public, but also to remind future generations of Colorado lawmakers of the pain caused by broken promises and racially-motivated violence that still affect the Cheyenne and Arapaho people to this day.”

The memorial’s design aims to remind the 250,000 annual visitors to the State Capitol not only that the Sand Creek Massacre took place but that it continues to reverberate throughout the Cheyenne and Arapaho communities.

“I think it’s important that the people of Denver and the people of Colorado understand the history of what really happened and the emotions of the Native American people that are involved as ancestors,” noted Cheyenne and Arapaho artist Harvey Pratt, who was chosen by the tribal representatives to design and create the memorial. “We just want to bring history to light. We want people to understand that there was more that happened than what was told.”

“As the saying goes, ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,’” said Marcel Arsenault, whose foundation is funding half of the total cost of the memorial. “Colorado’s willingness to come to terms with its past is enormously hopeful, since acknowledging our mistakes is the only way to overcome them.”

A fundraising effort is underway at RememberSandCreek.org. Visitors can contribute any amount to be matched, purchase a signed photograph of the memorial, or buy a ticket to a fundraiser at the Governor’s Mansion on December 1, from 5:30 – 7:30p.m.

The final design of the memorial is subject to the approval of the Capitol Building Advisory Committee, which will review the application on November 20.