Secretary Haaland to Visit Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Colorado

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2022) — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and National Park Service Director Chuck Sams will visit Colorado this week to highlight the agency’s work to tell America’s story and the Biden-Harris administration’s ongoing efforts to conserve and restore our nation’s lands and waters through the America the Beautiful initiative.

On October 5, they will be joined by federal, state, Tribal and community leaders to make an announcement regarding the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

In November 1864, U.S. soldiers attacked an encampment of approximately 750 Native people. During the attack, they took shelter in the high banks along Sand Creek. As they fled, many were wounded and killed. Well over half of the 230 dead were women and children. The events that took place here forever changed the course of the Northern Cheyenne, Northern Arapaho, and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site was established in 2007 to preserve and protect the cultural landscape of the massacre and enhance public understanding.

WHAT: Event to honor the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5 at 11:00 AM MT


RSVP: Credentialed members of the media interested in joining should RSVP to by Tuesday, October 4 at 3:00 PM MT. Location specifics will be sent upon RSVP confirmation.