Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(Kaden Walksnice) 15th Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk

On November 29, 1864, Colonel John M. Chivington and over 700 troops from the 1st and 3rd Colorado Calvary and a Company of the 1st Regiment New Mexico Volunteer Calvary attacked and destroyed Chief Black Kettles peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho camped in southeastern Colorado, over 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho were killed and mutilated, mostly women, children, and the elderly.  The US Volunteers viciously severed body parts, and cut out unborn children from the wombs. These body parts were taken as victory tokens and paraded back to Denver and exhibited on three different nights to cheering audiences at the Denver Theater. [1] 



Today, November 2SCM-2012 Eagle Staff9, 2013, we honor our Cheyenne and Arapaho ancestors who gave their lives 149 years ago and seek healing through the 15th Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk. I’ve had the honor of being the Eagle Staff carrier/lead runner for the past six years.  Carrying the Eagle Staff is a big responsibility and is a difficult task to do, but I have learned that over the years I gained my energy and strength from the other runners, prayers and our ancestors pushing us through the connections of the Eagle Staff. The Eagle Staff was made by the (late) Laforce “Lee” Lonebear. Lee was the founder of the Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk. I plan to collaborate with NYLA next year on the 150th anniversary to fund the trip for elders to attend the annual spiritual healing run. I seen elders wanting to attend the event but do not have funding to take the 1400 mile journey.


1 (For more information about my the massacre, my participation in this year’s Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk and plans for next year please go to Links)

“The massacre lasted six or eight hours, and a good many Indians escaped.  I tell you Ned it was hard to see little children on their knees have their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized. One squaw was wounded and a fellow took a hatchet to finish her, and he cut one arm off, and held the other with one hand and dashed the hatchet through her brain. One squaw with her two children, were on their knees, begging for their lives of a dozen soldiers, within ten feet of them all firing – when one succeeded in hitting the squaw in the thigh, when she took a knifeph-courtesy of the National Park Service and cut the throats of both children and then killed herself.  One Old Squaw hung herself in the lodge – there was not enough room for her to hang and she held up her knees and choked herself to death.  Some tried to escape on the Prairie, but most of them were run down by horsemen.  I saw two Indians hold one of another’s hands, chased until they were exhausted, when they kneeled down, and clasped each other around the neck and both were shot together. They were all scalped, and as high as half a dozen taken from one head. They were all horribly mutilated. One woman was cut open and a child taken out of her, and scalped.”

– A paragraph from the Letter of Captain Silas Soule to Major Edward Wynkoop regarding Sand Creek Massacre.


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