Gardner Requests Authorization for Improvements to Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Washington, DC – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) sent a letter today to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings requesting that the Committee authorize the Department of the Interior to use existing funds to make improvements to a Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site support facility. This November marks the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, a gruesome battle that resulted in the deaths of over 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americas throughout the Eastern Plains of Colorado. A report from the National Park Service showed that last year alone, the Sand Creek Massacre Site welcomed 4,795 visitors, who spent $264,000 and supported 4 jobs.

The letter reads, in part:

“I write today to ask the House Committee on Natural Resources to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to work within the agency’s current budget to make improvements to a Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site support facility.  The facility would provide a location for the Site’s administrative offices and be utilized by public visitors.

“Should the NPS receive authorization, it would be able to work with Kiowa County, Colorado to assist in renovations of a building for a visitor center and administrative offices associated with the Historic Site.  This facility was referenced in the Site’s authorizing legislation, PL: 106-465, Section 6, stating that 'A support facility for the site…may be located in Kiowa County, Colorado, subject to an agreement between the Secretary and the Commissioners of Kiowa County, Colorado.'  However, to date, the NPS has not been given the proper authorization to make improvements to or utilize the facility.”

To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.

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Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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