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“Moving Forward” Art show at the University of Denver 

Tom GreyEyes and Ryan Singer 

“Nahasdzáán PTSD”

“No Justice on Stolen Land" 

4'x4’ Mixed Media on Wooden Panel

Axhe'hee’ To Amanda and Julia for being amazing 

A sign greets visitors to Chivington, CO, a town named after Colonel John Chivington who led the 700 man volunteer Colorado Territory militia that massacred upwards of 200 Arapahoe and Cheyenne in Sand Creek, just miles from the town of Chivington. Around two thirds of those killed and mutilated were women and children. Shot for the Wall Street Journal.

Chivington, CO (2014)

Cowboys & Indians :)

Sand Creek Massacre

“Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians… Kill and scalp all, big and little; nits make lice.” - Col. John Chivington, Sand Creek massacre, 11-29-1864.

On November 29, 1864, 700 militia from Colorado and the surrounding territories surrounded a peaceful encampment of so-called “Peace Chiefs,” predominantly from the Cheyenne and Arapahoe, who had been invited to end the “Indian Wars.” Without warning or cause, they opened fire and slaughtered approximately 150 Indians from various “western” tribes. Colonel Chivington and his men cut fetuses out of the women, slaughtered infants by stepping on their heads with their boots, cut the genitals off men and women, and decorated their horses and wagons with scalps, genitalia, and other body parts, before parading through Denver.

The problem with comprehending how racial injustices can occur… is first comprehending that the established power structure of the present America, is made up of those whom have already commited genocide… whom slaughtered inumerable people based on their culture, their race and simply because of their presence.

That is the American History, the American Culture of the Establishment. When some Officer executes an innocent person that was once their Slave Labour stolen from another Home Land… one first questions “How do they not get punished by their own law system?”.. it is almost like they are workers of the Establishment.

Thus have some sort of special, cultural privaledge.    .   .