Sand Creek Massacre Article Slaps Cheyennes in Face


Dear Mr. Gorski,

Although your article about the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants’ Trust
law suit for reparations regarding the Sand Creek Massacre is informative,
I have to say that I was surprised to see that there were inaccuracies in it.

I wrote, directed and produced “The Sand Creek Massacre”, a documentary
film that featured Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the Sand Creek
Massacre sharing their family oral histories with me. Two Cheyenne and
direct Sand Creek Massacre descendants, Southern Cheyenne Chief
Laird (Whistling Eagle) Cometsevah and his wife, Colleen, an historian
and genealogist, told me that over 400 Cheyenne were murdered at
Sand Creek. They based this figure on what has been known in their
families for 150 years. They also told me that the Arapaho always
traveled and camped about 8 miles behind the Cheyenne, so the
Arapaho were not at Sand Creek.

Many laugh at this and say the Cometsevah’s did not know
what they were saying. Both of them passed on before they could
finish their work. They played an integral role in guiding and directing
me while making my film. The film won 3 best film film festival awards
and was cataloged into the Smithsonian Institute Libraries, amongst
other things. Films Media Group has been distributing it in North
America and Asia.

Media and journalists have been using these inaccuracies for years. It
shows no respect for Laird and Colleen. It’s like slapping them in
the face. The only thing they ever wanted, as most of America’s
indigenous people, have always desired, respect and America’s media and press
continues to wipe their feet on them. Until that respect is exhibited
by the media and press, America’s indigenous people will continue
to be looked upon as second class citizens by most others.

Best Regards,

Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC
The Zen of Writing & Screenwriting

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About Don Vasicek

Award-winning writer/filmmaker Donald L. Vasicek studied producing, directing and line producing at the Hollywood Film Institute under the acclaimed Dov Simen’s and at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He studied screenwriting at The Complete Screenplay, Inc., with Sally Merlin (”White Squall”), daughter of the famed Hollywood Merlin family of screenwriters and writers, as his mentor. Don has taught, mentored, and is a script consultant for over 400 writers, directors, producers, actors and production companies. Don has also acted in 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard With a Vengeance”, NBC’s Mystery of “Flight 1501″, ABC’s “Father Dowling” starring Thomas Bosley, and Red-Handed Production’s “Summer Reunion”. These activities have resulted in Don’s involvement in over 100 movies during the past 23 years, from major studios to independent films including, MGM’s $56 million “Warriors of Virtue”, Paramount Classics “Racing Lucifer”, American Pictures “The Lost Heart” and “Born To Kill” starring the Charles Bronson of Korea, Bobby Kim, and his internationally-known director/brother, Richard, Incline Productions, Inc.’s “Born To Win”, Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Haunted World” with Emmy-nominated PBS Producer Alison Hill, and Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Faces,” “Oh, The Places You Can Go” and the award-winning “The Sand Creek Massacre” documentary film short. Don also has written and published over 500 books, short stories and articles. His books include “How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced” and “The Write Focus.” Don has been a guest screenwriting and filmmaking columnist for Hollywood Lit. Sales, Moondance International Film Festivals e-zine, Screenwriters Forum, Screenplace, Screenplayers.Net, Screenwriters.Net, Screenwriters Utopia, Spraka & Kinsla (Swedish), “Inkwell Watch”, and “Ink On the Brain.”Writing recognition includes Houston’s WorldFest International Film Festival, Chesterfield’s Writers Film Project, Writers Digest, The Sundance Institute, The Writer’s Network, and the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Guild, Inc. Don is presently is raising money for “Ghost of Sand Creek,” a mini-series/documentary and raising $200 million for five feature film projects. Contact Don at to see the Private Placement Memorandum/Business Plan. Don is on the board of directors of the American Indian Genocide Museum in Houston. Don is the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing, filmmaking and consulting company, in 1994.

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