Sand Creek Massacre Educational Viewings

DU CLASS SMC 11.4.15 copy

“I have written, directed and produced a documentary film titled, “The Sand Creek Massacre,” a dark day in American and Colorado history. It has won many awards. It has been screened and aired in nearly every major city in the country. It has been cataloged into the Smithsonian. It has been screened in elementary, middle school, college, universities, before veteran’s groups, Indian groups, organizations, corporations, and a host of local community groups interested in helping people learn, through the film, about racism and hate so that they can elevate their understanding about these two devastating beliefs to improve community relations with everyone. You can see more information about it at You can also watch a modified version of the film at:

I would like to invite you to create venues so that I can come show the film and answer questions about the subject matter of the film. I made the film to give the Cheyenne and Arapaho people a voice. They tell the Sand Creek Massacre story in the film. It is very revealing and very compelling, Please contact me so that we can work out screenings of the film.”

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Sand Creek Massacre Testimony About the Dead

John Smith testifying before a government committee on March 14, 1865:

“On the day of the attack. He asked me many questions about the chiefs who were there, and if I could recognize them if I saw them. I told him it was possible I might recollect the principal chiefs. They were terribly mutilated, lying there in the water and sand; most of them in the bed of the creek, dead and dying, making many struggles. They were so badly mutilated and covered with sand and water that it was very hard for me to tell one from another. However, I recognized some of them – among them the chief One Eye, who was employed by our government at $125 a month and rations to remain in the village as a spy. There was another called War Bonnet, who was here two years ago with me. There was another by the name of Standing-in-the-Water, and I supposed Black Kettle was among them, but it was not Black Kettle. There was one there of his size and dimensions in every way, but so tremendously mutilated that I was mistaken in him. I went out with Lieutenant Colonel Bowen, to see how many I could recognize.”
Photo by Navajo Filmmaker Shonie de la Rosa. – Click on Photo to see all of it.

Witness Accounts

“My shame is as big as the earth…I once thought that I was the only man that persevered to be the friend of the white man, but it is hard for me to believe the white man anymore.”

-Black Kettle
Southern Cheyenne Chief

“The massacre lasted six or eight hours….I tell you Ned it was hard to see little children on their knees have their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized….there was no organization among our troops, they were a perfect mob….You would think it impossible for white men to butcher and mutilate human beings as they did there, but every word I have told you is the truth….It was almost impossible to save any of them. When the women were killed the Bucks did not seem to try and get away, but fought desperately….Charly Autobee saved John Smith….They were going to murder Charlie Bent, but I run him into the Fort….I expect we will have a hell of a time with the Indians this winter.”

-Captain Silas Soule
1st Colorado Cavalry (USV) to Major Edward Wynkoop, former commander, Fort Lyon, Colorado Territory. December 14, 1864.

“I was in the camp of the Cheyennes when Chivington made his attack…I was, at the time of the attack, sleeping in a lodge…I could see the soldiers begin to dismount. I thought they were artillerymen and were about to shell the camp (Chivington brought 4 12lb canons to Sand Creek-It was the only time in Colorado history canons were used in any type of fighting conflict)…I went to the northeast, I ran about five miles, when I came across an Indian woman driving a herd of ponies…she was a cousin of mine-one of White Antelope’s duaghters. I went with her to the Smoky Hill (river). I saw as soon as the firing began, from the number of troops, that there could be no resistance, and I escaped…”

-Edmond Guerrier, mixed-blood son of the French trader William Guerrier and the Cheyenne woman Walks in Sight

“Everyone was crying, even the warriors and the women and children…Nearly everyone present had lost some relations or friends, and many of them in their grief were gushing themselves with their knives until the blood flowed in streams.”

-George Bent, mixed-blood son of trader William Bent, Sand Creek survivor

“I heard Colonel Chivington give no orders in regard to prisoners. I tried to take none myself, but killed all I could…I think and earnestly believe the Indian to be an obstacle to civilization and should be exterminated.”

-Major Jacob Downing
3rd Colorado Cavalry (USV