Remembering Sand Creek: 150th Commemoration of Nov. 29, 1864

December 05, 2014

The Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church participated in the 150th Commemoration of the Sand Creek Massacre and the 16th Annual Spiritual Healing Run & Walk. Click the links below to read stories, see photos and find resources on the Sand Creek Massacre and the conference's mission to establish Healing Relationships.


Bishop Stanovsky speaks at the Nov. 29 Sand Creek 150th event

"Today we honor and share our tears with our Native American sisters and brothers." - Rev. Dr. Michael Dent, of Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver

The Rocky Mountain Conference hosted a Prayerful Preparation Gathering at Eads United Methodist Church in Eads, Colo., prior to the opening of the 16th Annual Spiritual Healing Run. Nearly 100 members of the Rocky Mountain Conference, along with Yellowstone Conference cabinet, officials from the General Board and Iliff School of Theology attended the morning event.

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Attendees of the Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run closing Dec. 3 cry as they hear a retelling of the Sand Creek Massacre."I assure you, we will not run from its history. We will make sure history is told." - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper formally apologized for the Sand Creek Massacre during the closing ceremonies for the Annual Spiritual Healing Run on Dec. 3. Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal descendants marked the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre with a gathering on the steps of the State Capitol in Denver, a memorial for Captain Silas Soule at Riverside Cemetery and a Feast at the History Colorado museum.

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Dr. Henrietta Mann and Chief Phillip Whiteman, Jr., speak at Trinity UMC Denver on Dec. 3.

"I questioned my decision to come here, but it is a different time and place." - Dr. Henrietta Mann, Sand Creek descendant and first president of Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal College

Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver hosted Dr. Henrietta Mann, Chief Phillip Whiteman, Jr., of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and Jennifer Whiteman on Dec. 3 as part of the Sand Creek 150th Commemoration.

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From left, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Ernest House, Jr.

"You're part of the healing process. We need to use the magnitude of that moment to amplify people's awareness." - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

The Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission met for the final time Dec. 10 at the Rocky Mountain Conference office in Greenwood Village. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper first led discussions on the successes of the 150th commemoration events, and what could've been improved upon.

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