Symposium on Sand Creek Massacre Planned November 3 at SWOSU

Southwestern Oklahoma State University will host a symposium to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Sand Creek Massacre on Monday, November 3, on the Weatherford campus.

The event is being sponsored by the SWOSU Masonic Lecture Series Endowment.  This fund was established by a generous grant from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma.

The symposium is free and open to the public. It will start at 9:30 a.m. in the SWOSU Conference Center, located at the corner of Davis and Seventh Streets, in Weatherford. Among the guest speakers will be: 

  • Dr. Henrietta Mann, president of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal College and direct descendent survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre
  • Chief Harvey Pratt, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member and Peace Chief
  • Jerome Greene, former historian for the National Park Service
  • Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society
  • Dr. Sunu Kodumthara, assistant professor of history at SWOSU

The symposium will cover a range of topics concerning the Sand Creek Massacre that occurred 150 years ago on November 29. Lunch will also be served with the seminar concluding around 3 p.m. 

Even though the event is free, an RSVP is needed for the lunch. Please call the SWOSU Public Relations & Marketing Office at 580.774.3063 or email