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On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper will join Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and National Park Service Director Chuck Sams along with other federal, state, Tribal, and community leaders to make an announcement regarding the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

Sand Creek massacre. Depiction by a Native American witness of the massacre of a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho people in the American Indian Wars.

The Sand Creek Massacre occurred on November 29, 1864, when U.S. soldiers attacked an encampment of approximately 750 Native people. Approximately 230 men, women, and children were slain — well over half of whom were women and children.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site was established in 2007 to preserve and protect the cultural landscape of the massacre and enhance public understanding.

Joining Haaland, Hickenlooper, and Bennet at the National Historic Site will be several federal, state, Tribal, and community leaders. An announcement is expected, but exactly what has not yet been announced.