Gail Ridgely is a member of the Remember Sand Creek Memorial design committee. A Northern Arapaho tribal Member, of Riverton, Wyoming, Ridgely is a descendent of the massacre, and a member of the DU John Evans Study Committee. Ridgely spoke to us about Sand Creek and the importance of a memorial to the massacre as a tool for education, spiritual healing, and historical remembrance.
“As a tribal person, I want to see my grand-kids come over here and feel proud of who they are, and how they came about when the country came together, and where we are at today,” said Ridgely.
Ridgely has been involved with the memorial project since 1993.
“Sand Creek Massacre” Elk Hide Painting ©1994 Eugene J. Ridgely, Sr., Northern Arapaho