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Aug. 18, 2023: Modern day healing from Sand Creek, and how tribes could restore access to land

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Surrounded by Colorado and regional tribal leaders, Gov. Jared Polis signs two executive orders on the steps of the state Capitol, Tuesday, August 17, 2021, to rescind two proclamations signed by former Gov. John Evans in 1864 that Polis said targeted and provoked violence against Indigenous peoples, and led to the 1864 San Creek Massacre.

Today, we’re talking about the modern day legacy of one of the most consequential and traumatic events in Colorado history: the Sand Creek Massacre. The Modern West, a podcast from Wyoming Public Media and PRX, explores what happened nearly 160 years ago and how it resonates today. CPR’s Rachel Estabrook speaks with the podcast host, Melodie Edwards, and with Rick Williams, who leads People of the Sacred Land.

And, to hear the story what happened at Sand Creek, listen to our recent episode that tells the story through the voices of the Cheyenne and Arapaho.