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Ranger from Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site to talk on controversial incident at Pikes Peak Posse dinner June 8

       A park ranger at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will speak on the controversial incident at the monthly gathering of the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners Monday, June 8.
       Formally titled "Sand Creek Massacre: Myths and Misconceptions," the presentation by Jeff C. Campbell is to be accompanied by a reenactor portraying
Jeff C. Campbell
Courtesy of Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners
Colonel John Chivington. The talk will be preceded by dinner at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 1130 Panorama Drive.
       The public is invited. The catered dinner preceding the presentation costs $17. Advance reservations are necessary at 473-0330.
       A press release quotes Campbell - whose career includes 23 years as a criminal investigator - as saying that his talk will be a “dispassionate appraisal of primary sources and witnesses [to] help create a more accurate understanding of the event.”
       Summarizing from historical accounts, the Sand Creek battle occurred Nov. 29, 1864, during a period of high tension between settlers along the Front Range and the Plains Indians whose lifestyles were being adversely affected by the changes. There had been a number of incidents, including Indian raids resulting in settlers being killed. The governor of the Colorado territory authorized Chivington's regiment, including volunteers from Colorado City, to take action. Chivington's early-morning attack at Chief Black Kettle's camp along Sand Creek (near present-day Eads, Colorado) resulted in the deaths of 100 or more Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians and 24 of his own troops. The word “massacre” has been applied because many of the Indians killed were women and children and there were reports of desecrations by members of the regiment.
       Formed in 1976, the Pikes Peak Posse is an “outfit” (chapter) in an international nonprofit organization whose purpose is “fun and scholarship related to the American frontier West,” according to a Posse brochure.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 6/5/15; Community: Groups/Clubs)

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