An extensive study of the involvement of John Evans in the Sand Creek Massacre and in the history of Northwestern University was released last month. 


The massacre, in which U.S. Army cavalry soldiers slaughtered approximately 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans, most of them women and children, occurred on November 29, 1864. Evans was the governor and superintendent of Indian Affairs of the Colorado Territory and was traveling in the East at the time of the massacre. He was forced to resign in its aftermath.


Evans was one of Northwestern’s leading founders, chair of its Board of Trustees for more than 40 years, and a major donor to the University. The city of Evanston is named for him.


The report, which is available online as a PDF, is the work of a committee of senior scholars from both Northwestern and outside the University. Carl Smith, Northwestern professor of English, American Studies, and History, chaired the group.


To read a detailed summary of the report's findings, visit the Northwestern News Center.


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