Denver museum closes Indian massacre display

Depiction of the Sand Creek Massacre by Cheyenne eyewitness and artist Howling Wolf
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DENVER, Colo. (AP) Colorado's new state history museum has closed an exhibit on the Sand Creek Indian massacre after descendants of the slaughter's survivors demanded changes in how it is portrayed and said they weren't consulted about the display.

The museum opened in April 2012. The exhibit was closed in June after descendants disputed its characterization of the massacre as a "collision" of cultures.

History Colorado spokeswoman Rebecca Laurie says the museum is addressing the survivors' concerns.

A U.S. Army force led by Col. John M. Chivington swept into a sleeping Indian village in southeastern Colorado on Nov. 29, 1864. Troops killed more than 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho, most of them women, children and the elderly.