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The Sand Creek Massacre was the ugliest form of human depravity in American history, even transcending Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newton, Boston, and so on.
Rape, mutilations, executions, murder and burning bodies of children, special needs people, elders, and women top the list of depravities.
-Donald L. Vasicek
Dear Mr. Gorski,
Although your article about the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants' Trust
law suit for reparations regarding the Sand Creek Massacre is informative,
I have to say that I was surprised to see that there were inaccuracies in it.
I wrote, directed and produced "The Sand Creek Massacre", a documentary
film that featured Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the Sand Creek
Massacre sharing their family oral histories with me. Two Cheyenne and
direct Sand Creek Massacre descendants, Southern Cheyenne Chief
Laird (Whistling Eagle) Cometsevah and his wife, Colleen, an historian
and genealogist, told me that over 400 Cheyenne were murdered at
Sand Creek. They based this figure on what has been known in their
families for 150 years. They also told me that the Arapaho always
traveled and camped about 8 miles behind the Cheyenne, so the
Arapaho were not at Sand Creek.
Many laugh at this and say the Cometsevah's did not know
what they were saying. Both of them passed on before they could
finish their work. They played an integral role in guiding and directing
me while making my film. The film won 3 best film film festival awards
and was cataloged into the Smithsonian Institute Libraries, amongst
other things. Films Media Group has been distributing it in North
America and Asia.
Media and journalists have been using these inaccuracies for years. It
shows no respect for Laird and Colleen. It's like slapping them in
the face. The only thing they ever wanted, as most of America's
indigenous people, have always desired, simply respect and America's
media and press continue to wipe their feet on them. Until that respect
is genuinely exhibited by the media and press, America's indigenous
people will continue to be looked upon as second class citizens by
Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC
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