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Friday, July 12, 2013

Sand Creek Massacre: Denver Post article 'slap in the face'

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The filmmaker of The Sand Creek Massacre said an article in the Denver Post is a "slap in the face" to the victims of the Sand Creek Massacre in southeastern Colorado.

"The Sand Creek Massacre was the ugliest form of human depravity in American history, even transcending Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newton, Boston, and so on. Rape, mutilations, executions, murder and burning bodies of children, special needs people, elders, and women top the list of depravities," Donald L. Vasicek told Censored News.

Vasicek told the author of the article at Denver Post, Eric Gorski, that Indigenous Peoples continue to be treated with disrespect by the media.

"The only thing they ever wanted, as most of America's indigenous people, have always desired, simply respect and America's media and press continue to wipe their feet on them."

In response to the article in Denver Post, Vasicek wrote the following response.

Denver Post article: Sand Creek Massacre Descendants sue Federal Government for Reparations

Dear Mr. Gorski,

Although your article about the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants' Trust law suit for reparations regarding the Sand Creek Massacre is informative, I have to say that I was surprised to see that there were inaccuracies in it.

I wrote, directed and produced "The Sand Creek Massacre", a documentary film that featured Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre sharing their family oral histories with me.  Two Cheyenne and direct Sand Creek Massacre descendants, Southern Cheyenne Chief Laird (Whistling Eagle) Cometsevah and his wife, Colleen, an historian and genealogist, told me that over 400 Cheyenne were murdered at Sand Creek.  They based this figure on what has been known in their families for 150 years.  They also told me that the Arapaho always traveled and camped about 8 miles behind the Cheyenne, so the Arapaho were not at Sand Creek.

Many laugh at this and say the Cometsevah's did not know what they were saying.  Both of them passed on before they could finish their work.  They played an integral role in guiding and directing me while making my film.  The film won 3 best film film festival awards and was cataloged into the Smithsonian Institute Libraries, amongst other things.  Films Media Group has been distributing it in North
America and Asia.

Media and journalists have been using these inaccuracies for years.  It shows no respect for Laird and Colleen.  It's like slapping them in the face.  The only thing they ever wanted, as most of America's
indigenous people, have always desired, simply respect and America's media and press continue to wipe their feet on them.  Until that respect is genuinely exhibited by the media and press, America's indigenous people will continue to be looked upon as second class citizens by most others.

Best Regards,

Donald L. Vasicek

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