Gardner Introduces Bill to Establish Visitor Center for Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) has introduced legislation that will allow the National Park Service (NPS) to operate and use a visitor center for the Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site. The visitor center will be located in Kiowa County, and the county is already working on renovating the building.
“The sad and brutal history of the Sand Creek Massacre will never be forgotten by the people of the Colorado and the descendents of our state’s Native American families,” Gardner said. “The visitor center will provide much-needed context for those who visit this site and ensure that it is properly memorialized.”
Kiowa County Commissioner Dick Scott thanked Gardner for his bill, saying: “We sincerely thank Congressman Gardner for his hard work on this issue. This will most certainly help move the Sand Creek project forward and preserve this important part of our history."
Gardner’s bill creates a process whereby places like Sand Creek can set up a visitor center. The NPS could also use Gardner’s bill to establish visitor centers for other historical sites. To read the bill, click HERE.
Background on the site:
The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) was officially established on April 28, 2007 as a unit of the national park system. Its gateway community is Eads, Colo. a rural, agricultural community of about 750 residents. The community supported the creation of the Sand Creek Massacre NHS in Kiowa County partly in anticipation of the potential economic development that could be generated by the new park. In fact, the park’s authorizing legislation specifically states that any NPS development related to the park must be within Kiowa County.