An excerpt from a lecture by historian Ned Blackhawk at the Radcliffe Institute about the Sand Creek Massacre, one of the most infamous and violent moments in North American indigenous history. On a cold winter morning in 1864, 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.
Blackhawk was a member of the Northwestern University study committee that investigated the massacre, and particularly the role of Colorado Territorial Governor John Evans.
This event at the Radcliffe Institute is part of the Initiative on Native and Indigenous Peoples.