October 5, 2022

Secretary Haaland Joins Dedication Event at Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

On October 5, 2022, we were honored to join the National Park Service, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal leaders, and key partners to dedicate the addition of 3,500 acres to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in eastern Colorado — a place that commemorates the traumatic events of the 1864 massacre. The Conservation Fund assisted the park service, in consultation with the tribes, by securing this land to better experience, interpret and commemorate the place where the Sand Creek Massacre occurred.

We are grateful to all who participated for their commitment to preserving the site of this difficult chapter in our nation’s history, including Secretary Deb Haaland of the Department of Interior, Director Charles Sams of the National Park Service, representatives of the Northern Arapaho, the Northern Cheyenne, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper, Great Outdoors Colorado, and the National Park Foundation.

“Today’s addition is the product of 20 years of discussions with the local landowners who have stewarded these lands for multiple generations, and who now willingly agreed to have their land added to the NHS. These additional lands ensure that the complete history of the events of the Sand Creek Massacre will never be lost and will be fully memorialized and interpreted for current and future generations.” – Christine Quinlan, Colorado associate state director at The Conservation Fund

See more in the Department of the Interior’s news release.

And, learn more about our conservation work at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

Contact: Val Keefer, vkeefer@conservationfund.org, 703-908-5802