Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site would like to welcome our newest Park Guide, Bryant Mills. Bryant Mills was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. Growing up, Bryant was a band student, playing the trombone starting in 6th grade all the way through high school. Bryant also performed in the musical theater productions at his high school. After high school, Bryant attended Elon University and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Music Education. After graduating, Bryant continued to teach at a middle school in Alamance County, teaching 6th through 8th grade band class.
In November of 2017, Bryant accepted an offer and join the United States Peace Corps. He was assigned to the East African country of Uganda and moved to Uganda that same year. His Peace Corps service, a 27-month long commitment, would see Bryant live in the border town of Busia, situated on the border of Uganda and Kenya. While living in this town, Bryant would learn the customs and language of the local people and would live with a host family. During his time in the Peace Corps, Bryant would teach English, literacy, as well as distribute mosquito nets to hundreds of families throughout the region. Bryant was identified by the administration for Peace Corps Uganda as a strong volunteer and was asked to facilitate the training program for all incoming education Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda, training over 60 Volunteers who would go on to have successful Peace Corps Services of their own.
Bryant traveled through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa at the beginning of 2020, and returned to the United States just prior to the start of COVID-19. Bryant worked at a non-profit daycare to help facilitate quality education to low-income families in Ithaca, New York before joining the National Park Service in his first position at Harriet Tubman National Historic Park in June of 2021. In March of 2022, Bryant continued his work with the National Park Service by moving to Mount Rushmore National Memorial to assist the Park staff transition into their summer season before moving to Eads, Colorado and joining the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site team in June of 2022.
For more information, contact Janet Frederick at Sand Creek Massacre NHS, (719) 438-5916 or contact us through www.nps.gov/sand.