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Lt. Gov. Garcia announces Ute Tribes' flags to display at State Capitol

DENVER — Thursday, March 22, 2012 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today welcomed tribal flags from Colorado’s two Ute Tribes, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and the Southern Ute Indian to be on display in the state Capitol.


The two tribal flags will be posted in front of Lt. Gov. Garcia’s and the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA) office.


“Today’s display of both tribal flags signifies our ongoing work and collaboration toward a more meaningful and fruitful government-to-government relationship,” said Garcia.


Tribal leaders from both Ute Tribes are in Denver for the CCIA quarterly commission meeting in Boulder on Friday and the annual Denver March Powwow this weekend.


CCIA is an 11 member commission, comprised of Southern Ute Tribal Chairman, Jim Newton, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Chairman Gary Hayes, their appointees and several state department representatives. There are also nine 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.