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Society & Culture  (tags: crime, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Sandy Creek massacre, indigenous rights, Chivington, families, culture )

- 1662 days ago -
In remembrance of the 150 year anniversary of this massacre of the estimated 150 innocent Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children brutally and unjustly killed at Sand Creek, I would ask that you change the name of the town of Chivington, Colorado...


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Nancy C (806)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 4:31 am
Artwork...A depiction of one scene at Sand Creek by witness Howling Wolf

Nancy C (806)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 4:36 am
The Sand Creek Massacre resulted in a heavy loss of life, mostly among Cheyenne and Arapaho women and children. Hardest hit by the massacre were the Wutapai, Black Kettle's band. Perhaps half of the Hevhaitaniu were lost, including the chiefs Yellow Wolf and Big Man. The Oivimana, led by War Bonnet, lost about half their number. There were heavy losses to the Hisiometanio (Ridge Men) under White Antelope. Chief One Eye was also killed, along with many of his band. The Suhtai clan and the Heviqxnipahis clan under chief Sand Hill experienced relatively few losses. The Dog Soldiers and the Masikota, who by that time had allied, were not present at Sand Creek. Of about ten lodges of Arapaho under Chief Left Hand, representing about fifty or sixty people, only a handful escaped with their lives.

After hiding all day above the camp, in holes dug beneath the bank of Sand Creek, the survivors there, many of whom were wounded, moved up the stream and spent the night on the prairie. Trips were made to the site of the camp but very few survivors were found there. After a cold night without shelter, the survivors set out toward the Cheyenne camp on the headwaters of the Smoky Hill River. They soon met up with other survivors who had escaped with part of the horse herd, some returning from the Smoky Hill camp where they had fled during the attack. They then proceeded to the camp, where they received assistance.

The massacre disrupted the traditional Cheyenne power structure, because of the deaths of eight members of the Council of Forty-Four. White Antelope, One Eye, Yellow Wolf, Big Man, Bear Man, War Bonnet, Spotted Crow, and Bear Robe were all killed, as were the headmen of some of the Cheyenne military societies.[38] Among the chiefs killed were most of those who had advocated peace with white settlers and the U.S. government.[39] The net effect of the murders and ensuing weakening of the peace faction exacerbated the developing social and political rift. On the one hand, the traditional council chiefs, mature men who sought consensus and looked to the future of their people, and their followers, were opposed on the other hand by the younger and more militaristic Dog Soldiers.

Beginning in the 1830s, the Dog Soldiers had evolved from a Cheyenne military society of that name into a separate band of Cheyenne and Lakota warriors. They took as their territory the area around the headwaters of the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers in southern Nebraska, northern Kansas, and the northeastern Colorado Territory. By the 1860s, as conflict between Indians and encroaching whites intensified, the Dog Soldiers and military societies within other Cheyenne bands countered the influence of the traditional Council of Forty-Four chiefs who, as more mature men, took a larger view and were more likely to favor peace with the whites. To the Dog Soldiers, the Sand Creek Massacre illustrated the folly of the peace chiefs' policy of accommodating the whites through treaties such as the first Treaty of Fort Laramie and the Treaty of Fort Wise. They believed their militant position toward the whites was justified by the massacre.

The events at Sand Creek dealt a fatal blow to the traditional Cheyenne clan system and the authority of its Council of Chiefs. It had already been weakened by the numerous deaths due to the 1849 cholera epidemic, which killed perhaps half the Southern Cheyenne population, especially the Masikota and Oktoguna bands. It was further weakened by the emergence of the separate Dog Soldiers band.

Teresa W (782)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 4:36 am
noted and signed, thank you

Animae C (508)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 4:45 am
with 306 supporters

Thanx Nancy

Autumn S (151)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 4:58 am
with 327 supporters

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 5:09 am
Done-thx Nancy

Elizabeth o (51)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 7:38 am
This shouldn't even be necessary; it should have been changed years ago! Signed. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Sue H (7)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 8:23 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

Ismail Al ahmad (169)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 1:49 pm
Noted and Signed, Thank you Nancy

Nicole L (79)
Thursday September 4, 2014, 4:45 pm
S + N.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday September 5, 2014, 7:55 am
Noted and signed.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Friday September 5, 2014, 10:19 am
signed and noted thanks

Maria S (95)
Friday September 5, 2014, 10:26 am
Thank you for signing the petition "Senator Larry Crowder: Change the name of Chivington, Colorado"
Thanks Nancy!
with 1,850 supporters

Carrie B (306)
Friday September 5, 2014, 10:42 am
Signed, noted, and tweeted.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 5, 2014, 12:04 pm
Good! Signed, shared, & noted

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday September 5, 2014, 1:27 pm
Signed & noted. Thank you, Nancy.

Charlene Rush (79)
Friday September 5, 2014, 2:11 pm
LOTS OF LUCK, with that one, even though it may be a good idea.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday September 5, 2014, 5:21 pm
This is like the Southern states that have towns and schools named after Ku Klux Klan leaders and murderers. I hope Colorado can be better than that. Like Charlie, though, I won't hold my breath.

Dori C (17)
Friday September 5, 2014, 6:44 pm

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday September 6, 2014, 10:12 am
You signed Senator Larry Crowder: Change the name of Chivington, Colorado

Kerstin Strobl (123)
Sunday September 7, 2014, 12:43 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday September 7, 2014, 4:03 am

Sherri G (128)
Monday September 8, 2014, 12:31 am
Signed and Noted TY Nancy

Rosemary Rannes (643)
Monday September 8, 2014, 7:55 pm
Too many innocent Native American people were slaughtered for no reason. I am seeing President Lincoln in a new way, that of a man who didn't care enough about those slaughtered men women and children to see that Justice was done! So terribly pathetic ! But you rarely if ever hear anything about events like this. Words just aren't enough, so prayers are rising to see that the name is rightfully changed honoring those chiefs, women, and children of the Cheyenne and Arapaho nations who were slaughtered.
Signed with 3,312 supporters 1,688 NEEDED I also posted to Twitter. Thank you my buddy !
Thanks to Vicki LeftHand of St. Louis for drafting this petition on .
Cowards must never be rewarded ! Justice for killers of innocent people !

Helen Porter (39)
Monday September 8, 2014, 11:36 pm
Why change the name and forget?

Keep the name and remember that this history may never be repeated.

Helen Porter (39)
Monday September 8, 2014, 11:37 pm
Nancy, these submissions are GOOD!!! ones.

Thank you.
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