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Lt. Gov. Garcia announces Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs at-large members

Lt. Gov. Joseph A. Garcia today announced two at-large members of the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs (CCIA).

Steve Moore, an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, and Dr. Rocco Fuschetto, School Superintendent, Ignacio School District, will hold one-year appointments to the commission.

“Steve Moore and Dr. Rocco Fuschetto are dedicated individuals who have unique skills to deal with the complex issues between Colorado and its Native American residents,” said Lt. Gov. Garcia.

The new members were announced at the CCIA quarterly meeting on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation in Towaoc, south of Cortez. They are elected by other members of the CCIA. Lt. Gov. Garcia serves as the chair of the CCIA.

CCIA is an 11 member commission, comprised of Southern Ute Tribal Chairwoman Pearl Casias, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Chair Gary Hayes, their appointees and several state department representatives. There are also eight non-voting members.

CCIA was created in 1976 to deal with State/Native American issues in Colorado. The Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes are sovereign governments within Colorado’s boundaries.