Sand Creek Massacre Research Paper

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Although the American public in the 1860’s believed that Native American Indians were nothing more than basically slaves, there are a few cases where the public were kind to Native Americans. The Sand Creek Massacre is one of the best examples of where the United States government maltreated Indians, as well as an ideal example of where the public was mad at the handling of Indians. The Sand Creek Massacre was an Indian war that happened on November 29, 1864, between a Coloradoan militia and peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villages. This militia was led by the U.S. Army Colonel John Chivington, who was a preacher. For many years ongoing the U.S. had been in many conflicts with many Indian tribes over the issue of territory. According to the…show more content…
It is, however, understood that, in making this recognition and acknowledgement, the aforesaid Indian nations do not hereby abandon or prejudice any rights or claims they may have to other lands; and further, that they do not surrender the privilege of hunting, fishing, or passing over any of the tracts of country heretofore described." The Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1851, showed that the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians had been given extensive territory. Due to the Pikes Peak gold rush in 1858, the United States decided to re-look the terms of the treaty. This new overlook on the treaty had taken away from the Indians so much land. "Sand Creek was a village of approximately 800 Cheyenne Indians in southeast Colorado"( The chief of the Cheyenne Indians was named Black Kettle, he assured that there would not be any disturbance. His backup to saying that to his tribe was because of the things that were stated in the 1851 treaty, too bad the security was just a

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