John Evans Study Committee

Committee Purpose

The John Evans Study Committee will review and report on the history of John Evans, one of the founders of Northwestern University. More specifically, it will examine the nature of Evans’ involvement in the Sand Creek Massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, which occurred in 1864 while he was governor of what was then the Colorado Territory, and his relationship then and later with Northwestern. This examination includes the question of whether any of his financial support for Northwestern is attributable to his policies and practices as territorial governor toward Native Americans.

As a result of this work, the Committee has provided the following report to the Provost: John Evans Study Committee Report.  This report concludes the work of the Study Committee. 

News and Announcements

A Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force has been formed to continue the work of the John Evans Study Committee by studying ways for Northwestern to augment its relationship with Native Americans.  In addition to recommending actions based on the John Evans Study Committee Report, this Task Force will review University enrollment data, benchmark practices at other peer institutions, and look for opportunities to improve campus support services for Native Americans.  To learn more about this Task Force and its work, visit:

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Study Committee Members

Collaborative Members