Undoing 1864 Decrees Behind Native Murders Is A First Step

By Diamond Naga Siu (August 23, 2021, 5:51 PM EDT) -- Native American scholars say the rescission of two 1864 proclamations that encouraged non-Natives to kill Native Americans and caused the Sand Creek Massacre — one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history — should encourage more actions to heal systemic harm inflicted upon Native American communities.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Aug. 17 signed an executive order that rescinded and condemned the "shameful" proclamations by a 19th century predecessor that provoked violence toward Native American people. His directive advances former state Gov. John Hickenlooper's apology for the Sand Creek Massacre in 2014 — 150 years after about 230 Cheyenne and...

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