Sins of Sand Creek – Synopsis

At dawn on November 29, 1864 in Sand Creek, Colorado a brutal and senseless massacre took place of the Cheyenne and Arapahos tribes by the US Government.  Nearly 200 unarmed women, children and 12 elder Indian Chiefs were brutally executed.  The following day, US soldiers wandered over the field, committing atrocities on the dead.  Since the day it happened, the Sand Creek Massacre has maintained its place as one of the most emotionally charged and controversial events in American history.  The healing surrounding this seemingly senseless frontier tragedy, reflective of its time and place, has never taken place for all parties.


Boston Journal reporter, Gus Wolf, learns about a massacre that took place in Colorado.  He is intrigued when he learns that a young Captain, Silas Soule, an abolitionist originally from New England, refuses to allow his regiment to fire upon the Indians.  There is both an Army, as well as a Congressional investigation underway.  Gus goes to Colorado to cover the story.  Gus learns about himself and his fears, as he digs for information on Silas Soule and Colonel Chivington, the ex-Methodist Minister with political ambitions that led the brutal attack on the unarmed Cheyenne and Arapaho.

Throughout the Army & Congressional investigation, the screenplay flashes back to scenes of the massacre, providing a full ordeal of the planning & execution of this senseless act of violence.  Silas Soule becomes Sheriff of Denver during this lengthy investigation and marries during the Hearings.  He is mysteriously gunned down and killed on the streets of Denver.  Ironically, Colonel Chivinington is never punished for his role in the massacre, but never achieves his political aspirations.

Gus returns to Boston impressed by the courage, integrity and strength of Silas Soule.  Although the massacre was a brutal and outrageous attack on peaceful Indians, Gus learns from Silas the power of forgiveness.