Wake Up Elbert!
White woman settler who was raped, enslaved and mistreated by Indian captors who made her their sex slave! Tattoo on chin is Indian mark of slavery.
One hundred and forty-seven years ago today, on August 25, 1868, Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians raped a pregnant Henrietta Dietemann and mercilessly scalped her and murdered her and her young 5- year old son John along Comanche Creek just east of Kiowa, Colorado. The young Dietemann boy was shot full of arrows and had his neck snapped by the cowardly Indians. Their mutilated bodies were briefly displayed in Denver, Colorado by the Tremont House prior to burial.
The Indians demonstrated their brutal, merciless and cowardly nature in this episode which was repeated numerous times in the 1860’s as documented by author/historian Jeff Broome in his book Cheyenne War. See Dietemann Family Murders.
"We should not be afraid to criticize and condemn that which is inexcusable. ... On behalf of the state of Colorado, I want to apologize," Hickenlooper said to tribe members at the 150th anniversary event. "We will not run from this history." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said remembering the Sand Creek massacre Nov. 30, 2014.
Why do Gov. Hickenlooper and Indian leadership fail to acknowledge and remember atrocities like this committed by Indians against helpless white pioneers? They instead focus their attention only on the harm committed by settlers against Indians? Hickenlooper and the Indians instead promote divisive racism and present a one-sided historical view that projects the viewpoint that the Indians were only victims of white aggression while ignoring the fact that Indians were long known to be merciless savages who indiscriminately murdered all races, ages and sexes of their victims!
I urge Gov. Hickenlooper and Indian leadership to stop their divisive and warped view of history and acknowledge the true history of this country!
Memorial to settlers massacred by Indians in front of Elbert County Courthouse at Kiowa, Colorado.
Gov. John Hickenlooper remembering Indians on capitol steps ceremony in 2014 while forgetting pioneer settlers slaughtered by Indians!