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USNPS doubles size of Sand Creek Massacre NHS

The National Park Service has purchased an additional 3,478 acres of land to expand the Sand Creek Massacre historic site in southeastern Colorado — more than doubling the size of the existing preserve.

United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and members of Colorado’s congressional delegation gathered at the site with Native tribal leaders for a dedication ceremony on Wednesday to announce the move. Direct descendents of victims of the U.S. military’s 1864 deadly attack on Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes were in attendance.

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