Sand Creek Massacre and the Eucharist

In 1864, Col. John Chivington and his 700 Colorado volunteers, many of them drunk, attacked the sleeping Cheyenne village at Sand Creek. Most of the men were away hunting, so the women, children, and elders were largely defenseless. In the frenzied slaughter, the soldiers scalped and mutilated the corpses, hacking off body parts that included male and female genitals, and then marched down the streets of Denver displaying the body parts to approving crowds. (From history channel)


My wife became haunted with that story almost as if she had been there. Over a period of many years she kept having the accounts pushed in her face–on TV–in magazines–in movies. Finally, she convinced me and another priest to travel with her to Sand Creek to see if she could get come closure.


An Anglican priest, Dr. Kenneth McAll of England had been having supernatural healings as a result of using the Eucharist to break ancestral curses over lands and people. My priest friend and I had both had some success with his teachings.


What do you think you would find in the spot where one of American’s greatest atrocities occurred? To our shock, there was nothing! A state road sign signaled the town of Chivington which had one decaying building. However, using our research, we drove down an old dirt road. At the spot we had calculated the site would be, we found sad little trees with a few Indian prayer pods and some bandannas hanging. The rest was barren scrub brush. We wondered if the people of Colorado were too ashamed to acknowledge what happened and deliberately were hiding everything.


We two priests, performed the Eucharist. Those familiar with the Eucharist/Mass know that we are reliving Jesus’ shedding His blood in the forgiveness of sins for the whole world. The old hymn “there is power, power, wonder working power in the Blood, in the precious Blood of the lamb,”comes to mind. So we asked the Indians to forgive the Whites and the Whites to forgive the Indians as Christ has forgiven us.


We packed up knowing we would never know what happened until we got on the other side.
But, one year later, Congress appropriated the money to make Sand Creek a national park and monument! Many memorial ceremonies are now being held, both by Whites and Indians.


I write this today because I saw Sand Creek is back in the news. The statue-destroying folks want one torn down in Denver even though it turns out to be a Union soldier and not of Chivington as they thought.


Stephen Hunter Added Sep 24, 2017 - 3:08pm
A sad reflection on the dark side of human nature. Thanks for the reminder Don, as facts like this just do not fit the narrative for some.
Billy Roper Added Sep 24, 2017 - 3:27pm
Every conquered people have a sad story to tell. That's what happens when the stone age meets the locomotive. "Colorado Territorial Governor John Evans issued an order in the summer of 1864 to all Indians.  He ordered them to report to the nearest fort to give up their weapons with a promise that they would be given provisions and supplies and be taught how to plant and grow crops.  He said that those who do not report, would be considered criminals.  He added that they would be hunted down, tried and sent to prison.  The Cheyenne people did not receive the order until after three months from the time it was issued.  By the time they reported to Fort Lyon, the die had been cast for them. Evans received information that the Sioux and Cheyenne were gathering at Smoky Hill.  It was reported that they were going to attack Denver City, population, 15,000.  This came on the heels of the brutal murders of the Hungate family in June of 1864.  Evans wired Secretary of War, William Seward, twice in the summer of 1864 for 10,000 troops because of his fear that a major attack on Denver City was imminent. He was turned down both times.  The American Civil War was taking place then, and that is where troops were being deployed..."
Jeff Michka Added Sep 24, 2017 - 3:46pm
Billy the Nazi sez: It was reported that they were going to attack Denver City, population, 15,000.  This came on the heels of the brutal murders of the Hungate family in June of 1864.  Evans wired Secretary of War, William Seward, twice in the summer of 1864 for 10,000 troops because of his fear that a major attack on Denver City was imminent-Horrors!!! Attack "good white people"?  How could they have been turned down?  Oh yeah, US was busy killing confederate traitors to the Union...other "good white people", eh?
Riley Brown Added Sep 24, 2017 - 7:05pm
History is full of sad lessons we still haven't learned, as is evident by the amount of genocide that continues even today.
Ric Wells Added Sep 25, 2017 - 12:56am
Sand Creek Massacre. 1864. Territorial governor John Evans had petitioned the United States government for monies and weapons to form a voluntary militia. This request was turned down more than once. Evans conspired with Chivington to create a false threat of an attack by the Cheyenne nation under Black Kettle and White Antelope. But Black Kettle and White Antelope had already negotiated a peaceful truce with the United States Army. This did not sit well with either Evans or Chivington. So they created the rumor of a false attack on the people of Colorado. This did raise a certain amount of volunteers who were out to kill Indians no matter who or where they were. The negotiated peaceful settlement was disregarded by Evans and Chivington who proceeded to attack the village. Black Kettle escaped and continued to negotiate for peace only to be murdered by the 7th Cavalry 4 years later in an illegal invasion of negotiated Indian territory under the command of, who else. George Armstrong Custer. Seward turned down Evans' requests because Seward knew there was no threat on the scope Evans had stated. And flatly told Evans so but that did not fit into Evans future plans to possibly run for higher office. 
Ric Wells Added Sep 25, 2017 - 1:25am
Let's not forget that at the time of Chivington's illegal attack Black Kettle was flying and American flag and a flag of truce which the United States Army said that would guarantee him and his people safety. This was also disregarded by Evans and Chivington.
opher goodwin Added Sep 25, 2017 - 3:51am
The history of the white Christian forces in America is exactly the same as it was in Peru, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania and everywhere else Christians invaded. They practiced slaughter and genocide with their armies and smallpox-ridden blankets.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 25, 2017 - 3:55pm
And Canada, opher...
opher goodwin Added Sep 26, 2017 - 3:02pm
Jeff - I think it was universal.