Remembering a Massacre in the Family
Honoring Native American history now goes hand-in-hand with Thanksgiving, but that’s a complicated proposition for a white American. Michael Allen discovered this for himself when he began researching his great-great-grandfather’s participation in one of the most notorious massacres in U.S. history. William M. Allen was among the soldiers who gunned down some 200 people at Sand Creek in 1864. The effects of their ancestors’ murder and relocation are still felt among the Cheyenne and Arapaho today, but Allen found a community committed to healing and forgiveness.