Fort Chambers: Boulder's Role in the Sand Creek Massacre

Right Relationship Boulder invites you to join us for a slide presentation about Boulder’s Fort Chambers and its ties to the Sand Creek Massacre, followed by discussion with Fred Mosqueda (Southern Arapaho); Chester Whiteman (Southern Cheyenne); and Stephen Fasthorse (Northern Arapaho). This presentation is part of our Current Conversations Series for Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 and is happening online on Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday October 10 at 6:30 PM. Register at

Throughout our country, people are re-assessing how we memorialize our history, especially in regard to racial injustice and conflict. This is an immediate challenge -- and opportunity -- for the people of Boulder. The City's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department is considering how to protect and develop the site of Fort Chambers, one of the staging grounds for the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre where 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were killed. Right Relationship Boulder is advocating for Cheyenne and Arapaho people to determine how this history should be memorialized at the Fort Chambers OSMP site.

The photo shows a portion Northern Arapaho artist Eugene Ridgely, Sr.'s depiction of the murder of Cheyenne and Arapaho chiefs in his elk-hide painting of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. At 6:30 pm on Monday October 10, Cheyenne and Arapaho leaders will recount how Boulder men participated in the massacre, and what needs to happen now to heal those deep wounds. 

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