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Release Date: 01/12/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

Northern Arapaho Tribal Members Present Program on
Sand Creek Massacre at the NHTIC

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will present a program about the Sand Creek Massacre, one of the most notorious and controversial conflicts of the Plains Indian wars.

 Northern Arapaho tribal member Gail Ridgely.

Gail Ridgely, Northern Arapaho Tribal Member, of Riverton, Wyo. Gail Ridgely and his brother, Eugene Ridgely, will present a program on the Sand Creek Massacre at the Trails Center on Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

The one-hour program, free and open to the public, will be held at the NHTIC theater on Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. The presenters are Northern Arapaho tribal members Gail and Eugene Ridgely. Gail Ridgely resides in Riverton, Wyo., and Eugene Ridgely lives in Ethete, Wyo. Gail and Eugene Ridgely are direct descendents of Lame Man, a survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre.

On the morning of Nov. 29, 1864, more than 700 U.S. soldiers descended on a Plains Indian camp located along Sand Creek, in Colorado Territory. The soldiers proceeded to massacre between 150 and 200 people, mostly the elderly, women, and children.

Many of the Arapaho survivors traveled north and eventually settled on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The Sand Creek Massacre Trail links the site of the massacre in Colorado to the Northern Arapaho tribe of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

“The Sand Creek Massacre is a sad story, a story about a people that survived extermination,” Gail Ridgely said. “The Sand Creek Massacre Trail, to me, and our people, is about historical remembrance, educational awareness, and spiritual healing of the Arapaho people.”

For more information about the program, contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on Sunday through Monday.

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