Excerpts from my book, Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek (June 11, 2010).
Born around the turn of the century, White Antelope spent his early years as a headman of the Dog Soldiers, the most fearsome of the Cheyenne warrior clans. As such, White Antelope fought the Kiowas, Apaches and Comanches in the 1820s. He then negotiated peace with those tribes in 1840 at Two Buttes Creek in today’s southeast Colorado.
White Antelope played an important role in the peace efforts by Black Kettle and Major Wynkoop. He spoke at length during the Camp Weld Council, which took place seven weeks before the Sand Creek massacre. The transcript documents a tense exchange between White Antelope and Governor John Evans. The governor began by saying that “if the Indians did not keep with the United States soldiers, or have an arrangement with them, they would all be treated as enemies.” White Antelope then spoke, with John Smith interpreting…
Chief White Antelope was killed and mutilated at Sand Creek.
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Her first week on the job, and Marshal Beth Mayo is hit with a sex assault case. It’s a nasty shock for the bucolic mountain town of Sugarloaf and for Mayo, who is still recovering from her husband’s death. Her initial skepticism grows into disbelief over the victim’s zany story, and she dismisses the case as a false report. Unfortunately, the same woman is soon discovered in the ruins of a ghost town, most definitely murdered.
Mayo unravels the complex case through a parade of colorful suspects and misfit family members, all the while following a common thread from 150 years earlier — Colorado history’s most notorious event, the Sand Creek Massacre.