I just got notice today of the Cheyenne-Arapaho healing run coming to Sturm Hall tomorrow – Saturday – at 2:45 – to raise their flags permanently at the University of Denver This is a great victory for the campaign to honor the Cheyennes and Arapahos and their descendants who have endured the Sand Creek Massacre and transgenerational trauma, driven to Wyoming and Oklahoma, with great resilience; it is also a tribute to the change in the University of Denver by the 17th Cheyenne-Arapahoe Spiritual Healing Run. This is the 4 day run from the National Park site about the Massacre near Eads over 4 days to the State Capitol. On its final day – Sunday – the run will go to Silas Soule’s grave in Riverside Cemetery – Soule fought Chivington’s orders – and commanded his men to hold their fire, enabling many to escape. On Sunday, the Run will then go to the plaque to Soule, a sheriff in Denver who was murdered after testifying about Chivington’s and Evans’ crimes to Congress in an ambush by Chivington’s men. So DU – against its founders – Chivington, Evans and Byers, publisher of the Rocky Mountain News – has entered pretty amazing company.
The Run then goes to the State Capitol where in 2014, Governor Hickenlooper, in the name of the four living (former and current) governors of Colorado, apologized to the descendants for the Massacre. Because of the commitment of Bob Coombe, the last chancellor, who read Gary Robert‘s magnificent 800 page thesis on the Massacre and told every incoming group of new students about it, 6 descendants of the Cheyennes and Arapahos came to meet with our committee every quarter. That was one of the many contrasts – along with the composition of our committee, which included half indigenous faculty – with the Northwestern Committee. Our report honored these discussions; Northwestern mentioned important facts, but then bizarrely tried to take the edge off them rhetorically. Provost Gregg Kvistad has also been profoundly involved as well, since she came, as Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. John Hickenlooper read our Report before he issued his apology.
The gathering is tomorrow at Sturm Hall (north side of Evans) at 2:45. I enclose a note of invitation from Billy Stratton, a wonderful indigenous scholar in the English department:
From: Billy J. Stratton
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2017 2:03 AM
Subject: Sand Creek Healing Run Special DU Campus Event
Friends and Colleagues,
I am writing to let you know about some very recent developments regarding our ongoing work with Cheyenne and Arapaho communities, and to invite you to an historic event that I’ve been coordinating with tribal representatives. My apologizes for the short notice of this announcement, but we’ve only just finalized the event to take place this Saturday, Nov 25th.
I am pleased to announce that for the first time in DU’s history the Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run will be making a stop on our campus on Saturday from 2:45 until 4:00. The Healing Run is an annual event organized by representatives from the N. Cheyenne, N. Arapaho, and S. Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations that has been held for the last 18 years to honor both the victims and survivors of the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864.
See the link for more information about the run and this year’s schedule:
Annual Spiritual Healing Run-Walk – Sand Creek Massacre …
The Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk Event is an annual event sponsored by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming …
Included in this year’s commemorative events will be a flag raising ceremony to be held in the Driscoll Student Union (North-Sturm
Hall side), in which the flags of the respective Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations will be presented for permanent placement on campus. This is done in recognition of their sovereign political status and to acknowledge their connections to the land on which the University of Denver and the city of Denver were founded.
We would greatly appreciate if you could make time attend this event (and share with others who might be interested) as representatives of the DU community and to support and welcome the healing runners.
Dr. Billy J. Stratton
Department of English
Special Advisor on Native American Partnerships and Programs
University of Denver
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In the spirit of healing and peace, I pay respect to the original Arapaho and Cheyenne owners – both past and present – of the land on which the University of Denver stands.