Bush Signs New Bill on Massacre Historic Site
President Bush has signed into law a bill furthering the creation of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, more than 140 years after about 700 militiamen killed more than 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, mostly women, children and elderly men, in a surprise attack near what is now Chivington.
Congress later determined that the attack was unprovoked.
The law capped efforts begun by former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.). Rep. Marilyn N. Musgrave and Sen. Wayne Allard, both Colorado Republicans, reintroduced legislation this year to preserve the site.