"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 

Silas S. Soule- A Hero the History Books Forgot to Mention

On April 23, 1865, assassins shot and killed 1st Colorado Cavalry officer Capt. Silas S. Soule. A man that stood up for what was right, in return he paid with his life.

During the infamous Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864, Soule had disobeyed orders by refusing to fire on Chief Black Kettle’s peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho village. The encampment, along Sand Creek which was primarily full of old men, women, and young children and was flying the American flag. Later, at army hearings, Soule testified against his commander, Col. John M. Chivington, detailing the atrocities committed by the troops at Sand Creek. His murderers were never brought to justice.”

"I refused to fire, and swore that none but a coward would, for by this time hundreds of women and children were coming towards us, and getting on their knees for mercy. … I tell you Ned it was hard to see little children on their knees, having their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized."

- Captain Silas Soule, letter to Major Edward W. Wynkoop, 14 December 1864

Background: Silas Stillman Soule (July 26, 1838 – April 23, 1865) was a Massachusetts abolitionistKansas Territory Jayhawker, and a soldier in the Colorado infantry and cavalry during the American Civil War.


On November 29, 1864, approximately 675 United States soldiers killed more than 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers who were living peacefully near Fort Lyon, Colorado, a place where American negotiators had assured they would be safe. Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle’s village had raised a U.S. flag as symbols of peace, but Colonel John Chivington ignored the banners and ordered his troops to take no prisoners.

Ambushed and outnumbered, the Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers fled on foot to the bottom of the dry stream bed. After eight hours, the shooting finally stopped and the village was pillaged and set ablaze. Most of the dead were women, children, and elderly men. The few survivors sought safety in neighboring camps, but the descendants’ lives were forever changed. The Sand Creek Massacre deeply impacts the sovereign tribal nations whose ancestors were massacred that tragic day, and preventing atrocities such as this in the future is imperative.

On this date...

1864 - The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp. 

1963 - A Trans-Canada Airlines DC-8F with 111 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in woods north of Montreal 4 minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport. All aboard were killed. The crash was the worst in Canada’s history. 

1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman “Butch” Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits. 

1979 - Anita Pallenburg was cleared of murder charges in the shooting death of her young male companion. She was Keith Richards’ common-law wife.