Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Mark Macarro also serves on the board of directors for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). In August 2014, NARF collaborated with the Boulder History Museum in Colorado to reopen the museum’s Chief Niwot, Legend & Legacy exhibit in commemoration of the Sand Creek Massacre’s 150th anniversary. Mark Macarro and his fellow board members sponsored the reopening in response to public requests for the exhibit’s return.
The Chief Niwot, Legend & Legacy exhibit details the history of Arapaho Chief Niwot and his efforts toward peace in the years leading up to the 1864 massacre, during which he suffered fatal injuries. The first exhibit to portray the chief’s story, the museum team responsible for its creation consists of Arapaho tribe members, historians, academics, researchers, and professional designers. Open from August 29, 2014 until December 31, 2015, the exhibit will act as the Boulder History Museum’s community program centerpiece during the fall of 2014.
Originally displayed in 2012, the Chief Niwot, Legend & Legacy exhibit received the Leadership & Innovation Award from Mountain-Plains Museums Association and the Josephine H. Miles History Award from 2012’s History Colorado. The 2014 exhibit will include new content and artifacts previously not displayed.