January 22, 2008

Massacre movie wins award

"Sand Creek Massacre Film Harvests Another Best Film Award""The Sand Creek Massacre," was awarded a Golden Drover Award (like an Oscar only a Drover) for Best Native American Film in the Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan, Oklahoma on the Chisholm Trail on January 13, 2008. The documentary film, also awarded Best Film in The Indie Film Festival and The American Indian Film Festival, portrays the horrific event from the Cheyenne and Arapahos' perspective when more than 400 women, children, mentally- and physically-challenged people, and elderly were slaughtered by military troops in the southeastern Colorado Territory in 1864.

Cecil Brewer, a film festival volunteer, said his he and his wife really liked "The Sand Creek Massacre." He said, "I never heard about this event before." Although he enjoyed watching the movie, he said it appeared to him that there was no motive for the massacre, just cold-blooded murder."

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