The Sand Creek Massacre Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Inclusive Storytelling grant from the National Park Foundation. This grant will enable the foundation to fund such important projects as:
- Recording and preserving Cheyenne and Arapaho oral histories
- Assisting the National Park Service in developing a temporary exhibit at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Visitor and Education Center in Eads, Colorado
- Documenting, archiving and preserving the genealogical record of Sand Creek Massacre descendants
- Creating a repository of documentary and narrative films about the massacre
“The Sand Creek Massacre Foundation is especially grateful to the National Park Foundation for its support through the Inclusive Storytelling grant program,” stated Alexa Roberts, Interim Chair. “The collection and preservation of historical records and descendants’ voices made possible by these funds will contribute to a deeper understanding of the Sand Creek Massacre’s legacy today so that such egregious acts may never be repeated in the future.”
These projects will enable the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (SCMNHS) to share more inclusive and comprehensive narratives by bringing hundreds of names of victims and descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre into the historical record and compiling three decades of oral history recordings by Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants for new public educational opportunities. New exhibits at the SCMNHS’s Visitor and Education Center, created through a partnership with History Colorado, will draw on these names and stories. SCMNHS will be equipped to continue capturing oral histories from massacre descendants and tribal members. Voices and stories will inform park interpretation and add to the historical record related to the massacre and will be publicly accessible, both on-site and through a web-based platform. Valuable and currently inaccessible genealogical and primary source historical information about the Sand Creek Massacre will be organized, cataloged and preserved in the new Center for Sand Creek Massacre Studies to inform National Park Service interpreters, tribal descendants, researchers, educators, and the general public for generations to come.
“For more than a century, national parks have commemorated people, places, and events, which have given shape to the unfolding American story we all share,” said Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “Through the Inclusive Storytelling grants, the foundation and National Park Service hope to ensure all visitors see themselves in our national parks and feel a sense of belonging when they experience their wonder.”
The National Park Foundation Inclusive Storytelling program is a new philanthropic investment to support the National Park Service in updating interpretive programs, websites, and visitor centers as well as develop new interactive offerings, including exhibits, podcasts, and education programs at parks across the country.
The Sand Creek Massacre Foundation is a 501(c)3 philanthropic partner to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. The purpose of the foundation is to support the educational initiatives of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. By promoting initiatives to understand the relevance of the Sand Creek Massacre in the contemporary world, the foundation’s efforts honor the legacy of those lost at Sand Creek and assist in minimizing the chances of similar atrocities in the future.
The National Park Foundation works to protect wildlife and park lands, preserve history and culture, educate and engage youth, and connect people everywhere to the wonder of parks. We do it in collaboration with the National Park Service, the park partner community, and with the generous support of donors, without whom our work would not be possible.