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Lt. Gov. Garcia announces appointment of Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs Executive Secretary

Denver, CO — Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 - Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced the ratification of the appointment of Ernest House Jr. as Executive Secretary for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA).


House brings extensive experience to the position having served as the Executive Secretary for CCIA during the previous administration. Most recently, House was the Director of Government Affairs for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He is actively involved as a board member with several cultural and educational organizations including the Tesoro Cultural Center (2009-Present), the Colorado Indian Education Foundation (2009-Present) and Governor Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council (2011-Present). He was recently named a 2012 American Marshall Memorial Fellow.


CCIA serves as the coordinating body for intergovernmental dealings between tribal governments and the state, and maintains open lines of communication for addressing tribal needs and priorities. CCIA is an 11 member commission, comprised of Southern Ute Tribal Chair Jimmy Newton, Jr., 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.


For more information on Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, visit www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor.