American Genocide? John Evans and the Sand Creek Massacre

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Lecture by Ned Blackhawk

November 29, 2014, is the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, one of the most infamous and violent moments in North American indigenous history. On this cold winter morning, approximately 700 US Civil War cavalry from Colorado and New Mexico territories attacked a band of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers. The atrocities the soldiers committed caused national outrage. 

In this presentation, Yale historian Ned Blackhawk considers the historiographical currents informing contemporary investigations into this moment of United States–Indian history and recent institutional efforts to reckon with the legacies of the violent encounter. Drawing on his recent involvement with the John Evans Study Committee at Northwestern University and his presentation before the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Blackhawk questions the usefulness of framing such histories in terms of genocide.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event at the Radcliffe Institute is part of the Initiative on Native and Indigenous Peoples.