Northwestern U. to Probe a Founder’s Link to a Massacre

Members of Northwestern’s Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance have been lobbying the university to examine the connection between one of the institution’s founders, John Evans, and the Sand Creek Massacre, a notorious attack on an American Indian camp in the Colorado Territory in 1864. Evans was not present at the attack but was the territorial governor at the time.

In a university statement, Provost Daniel Linzer said: “The year 2014 will mark the 150th anniversary of Sand Creek, so it is appropriate to assess how and what we report about John Evans as part of our institutional history, and if and in what way we should continue to recognize his contributions to the university. Although Sand Creek occurred 13 years after the establishment of Northwestern, we would like to know in detail the nature of John Evans’ relationship with the university when he was territorial governor and afterwards.”

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