John Evans, Others Culpable for Sand Creek Massacre

John Evans’s Culpability for Sand Creek Should Be Balanced with Acknowledgement of Indian Depredations & Raids He was the founder of Northwestern University and the University of Denver. He also was a murderer. Colorado Territorial Gov. John Evans was not among the Colorado volunteers and regular U.S. Army troops who on Nov. 29, 1864, attacked and killed at least 130 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians camped along Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado Territory. But, his actions enabled Col. John Chivington to lead soldiers to massacre and desecrate the bodies of these Native Americans, mostly women, children and the elderly. A University of Denver John Evans Study Committee released a report in early November 2014. It concluded: “John Evans’s...

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