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

DENVER — Monday, June 24, 2013 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced two at-large members for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA).


Lucille Echohawk, Executive Director of the Denver Indian Family Resource Center and Maymangwa Flying Earth, Attorney for the U.S. Small Business Administration were elected to serve three-year appointments on the commission.


“These are dedicated individuals who have unique skills and backgrounds and have a strong voice in strengthening the government-to-government relationship between Colorado and its Native American residents,” said Garcia.


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


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 non-voting members representing various local, state, and federal agencies and organizations.


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.