| Colorado Territory during the 1850's and 1860's was a place of phenomenal growth in Colorado homes spurred by gold and silver rushes. Miners by the tens of thousands had elbowed theirway into mineral fields, dislocating and angering the Cheyennes and Arapahos.
The Pike's Peak Gold Rush in 1858 brought the the tension to a boiling
point. Tribesmen attacked wagon trains, mining camps, and stagecoach lines
during the Civil War, when the military garrisons out west were reduced
by the war. One white family died within 20 miles of Denver. This outbreak
of violence is sometimes referred to as the Cheyenne-Arapaho War or the
Colorado War of 1864-65.
Governor John Evans of Colorado Territory sought to open up the Cheyenne and Arapaho hunting grounds to white development. The tribes, however, refused to sell their lands and settle on reservations. Evens decided to call out volunteer militiamen under Colonel John Chivington to quell the mounting violence.
Evans used isolated incidents of violence as a pretext to order troops into the field under the ambitious, Indian-hating territory military commander Colonel Chivington. Though John Chivington had once belonged to the clergy, his compassion for his fellow man didn't extend to the Indians.
In the spring of 1864, while the
Civil War raged in the east, Chivington launched a campaign of violence
against the Cheyenne and their allies, his troops attacking any and all
Indians and razing their villages. The Cheyennes, joined by neighboring
Arapahos, Sioux, Comanches, and Kiowas in both Colorado and Kansas, went
on the defensive warpath.
Synopsis: During the infamous Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864 in which a group of Colorado Militia slaughtered over 100 peaceful Cheyenne men, women and children, scout Robert Bent rescues Sarah Lindstrom and her child from the devastated Indian camp and takes her to safety. Sarah had been adopted by the Cheyenne when she was nine, after white renegades killed her mother and brother, and now she is happily married to Brave Wolf, a Cheyenne warrior chief.
Bent escorts Sarah and her child to the Wyoming Territory where her father, now remarried, owns a trading post.
While Sarah and her “new” family adjust to each other, Bent searches for Brave Wolf, hoping to reunite husband and wife. But Brave Wolf is now being hunted by the U.S. Cavalry, branded a renegade for exacting a bloody revenge against the whites who were at Sand Creek.
SARAH GOLDEN HAIR is not only a classic western in the tradition of DANCES WITH WOLVES and CHEYENNE WARRIOR, but it is also a great love story about family and people who must adjust to changing times. ...
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Fort Jones Treaty - Shasta
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