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The Christmas season is a happy time for many. But for a Oceti Sakowin (the Great Sioux Nation) it holds painful memories. Sitting Bull was assassinated on Dec 15. The #Dakota38 were hanged Dec 26 in the largest execution in US history & the #WoundedKneeMassacre was Dec 29.
November isn’t any better. The #WashitaMassacre was on Nov 27 and the #SandCreekMassacre was Nov 29 & we will never forget the brutality that took place on Backwater Bridge just a few days before Thanksgiving. Our slaughter is tied to colonial holidays.
Lest we forget Columbus Day, a day set aside to honor a genocidal murderer who lopped off Indigenous limbs & gave Indigenous little girls to his men to be used as sex slaves.🙄
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On this day in 1864, the US army massacred a peaceful village of Cheyenne & Arapaho Native Americans w/ canons, killing 150 ppl (mostly women, children & elderly men). They fired on villagers fleeing for their lives, then looted & set fire to the village. #SandCreekMassacre
With the discovery of Gold in Colorado, territorial officials pressured the US government to help them push Native Americans off land, which had been guaranteed to them under the Treaty of Fort Laramie.
Colorado’s territorial governor John Evans had Colonel John Chivington create a Cavalry to hunt down Native Americans in Colorado. John Evans believed that Native Americans were “heathen savages” without souls. Today, Colorado’s 12th highest mountain peak is named after Evans.
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Today is the 154th Anniversary of the #SandCreekMassacre, when Colonel Chivington & his men attacked Black Kettle’s peaceful encampment of Cheyenne, slaughtering ~500, mostly women & children. The soldiers returned later to kill the wounded, mutilate bodies, & burn the village.
Chivington attacked Black Kettle’s village knowing they had been invited to #SandCreek under a flag of peace & that only about 75 warriors were there. His soldiers hunted down & chopped unarmed Native women to pieces, scalped them & cut unborn babies from their mothers wombs.
Some soldiers had honor. U.S. Captain Silas Soule and Lt. Joseph Cramer refused to participate in the grizzly #SandCreekMassacre & ordered their men to stand down. They also wrote letters to their commanding officer condemning the shameful acts they witnessed that day.
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