Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sand Creek document dump.

With the sesquicentennial anniversary of Sand Creek just a couple of days away, here’s a partial list of recent resources about the massacre:

The University of Denver’s John Evans Study Report.

A Colorado Public Radio story about the above.

Northwestern University’s John Evans Study Committee’s Report.

Michael Allen’s long-form essay about his great-great-grandfather’s role at Sand Creek.

Tony Horwitz’s piece in Smithsonian about Sand Creek.

Patricia Calhoun’s post about John Evans’s descendants grappling with their ancestor’s involvement with the massacre.

The National Museum of the American Indian’s “Sand Creek Massacre: 150 Year Remembrance.”

The State of Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Committee site.

If you’ve got anything to add, please leave a comment. Thanks!

A thousand words.

I have nothing interesting to say about Ferguson. But this image


calls to mind these lines:

It was the fourth day after Christmas in the Year of our Lord 1890. When the first torn and bleeding bodies were carried into the candlelit church, those who were conscious could see Christmas greenery hanging from the open rafters. Across the chancel front above the pulpit was strung a crudely lettered banner: PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TO MEN.

Some of you will recognize that as a passage from Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. I’m reminded this morning that the American past and present are shot through with painful and often unrecognized ironies — not that this is even a little bit revelatory.