Memories of a Tragedy

An update from Katie A., a graduate student in the Liberal Studies program: Yesterday we went to the site of the Washita Massacre in western Oklahoma. The site is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of tall prairie grasses and beautiful trees. Feeling the cool spring breezes and the warm sun, listening to the birds sing, I felt the peacefulness that was broken at dawn on the November day of the attack in 1868, when Custer's Seventh Cavalry stormed in to the village. Less comfortable to imagine is the scene of terror that followed. The camp was filled with the followers of the Cheyenne chief Black Kettle, a survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre and notable voice in favor of peace. [...]