Sand Creek Massacre Scribes Show Lack of Respect

It is commendable for those of you who are pushing forward with this so that Evans is made accountable for his role in the Sand Creek Massacre. Whatever is discovered, based on my experience in writing, directing and producing the award-winning documentary film, “The Sand Creek Massacre”, which was cataloged into the Smithsonian Institute Libraries, you must involve the Cheyenne and Arapaho people in this search for the truth. Recently deceased Southern Cheyenne Chief Laird (Whistling Eagle) Cometsevah told me that his great-great grandfather survived the Sand Creek Massacre. He said that there were over 400 Cheyenne and Arapaho people murdered at Sand Creek, not the “150 to 200 or so”, to which most Caucasian scribes including historians, educators, reporters, authors, military people etc. constantly and repeatedly refer (many of these individuals base all of their findings on what other Caucasian people through the years have researched and discovered).Leaving out the Cheyenne and Arapaho people in this investigation as well as not involving them in articles, books, films, etc. about the Sand Creek Massacre is like a direct slap in their face. Laird expresses in the film the need for respect. Respect the land. Respect nature. Respect each other. Respect. Respect. Respect.

As long as anyone even mentions the Sand Creek Massacre, they should involve the Cheyenne and Arapaho people, or they are showing disrespect towards the Cheyenne and Arapaho people. As long this kind of disrespect is exhibited, the Cheyenne and Arapaho people will not find peace and Caucasians will fail in communicating with them.

Respectfully Submitted,

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

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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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