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Confronting our history and 'unspeakable acts' at the site of the Sand Creek massacre

Confronting our history and 'unspeakable acts' at the site of the Sand Creek massacre

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colo. — Craig Moore knows that Sand Creek can be a hard sell, especially to a group of teenagers on spring break.

Groggy from the 2 ½-hour drive from Denver, they pile out of two Chevy Suburbans and stand, almost bored, in the shade of junipers growing beside a picnic table.

“This is no Disneyland, no Grand Canyon,” Moore says by way of introduction. “This is a sacred place where horrible things, unspeakable acts took place.”

Moore talks slowly as if he hasn’t said this before, but he has. Words just don’t come easily when talking about the enormity of Sand Creek.

“One hundred...

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