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Thank you for visiting Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne's Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs website. Our office has the unique opportunity to serve as the official liaison between the Southern Ute Indian and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes and the State of Colorado. The State and sovereign tribal government relationship is founded on a solid government-to-government relationship. The Commission ensures direct contact with the Tribes and also with Colorado’s urban Indian communities.
As Executive Director of the Commission, I am committed to facilitating communication between the Southern Ute Indian and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribes and other American Indian organizations, state agencies, and affiliated groups. Our ongoing goal is to positively impact the lives of Colorado’s American Indians and communities statewide.
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Again, thank you for your time and hope to see you soon – Towaoc!
Ernest House, Jr.
Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Member
Representatives from the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes have a direct line of communication to the Lt. Governor’s office. Here, during the December 2013 quarterly meeting, former Lt. Governor Garcia takes notes as Executive Director Ernest House, Jr. explains upcoming legislation affecting tribal communities.
In 1976, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA) within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. The Commission was designed to be the official liaison between the two Ute Tribes and the State of Colorado. The Commission is fully committed to work on a government-to-government basis with each of the two Tribal governments and to maintain direct contact with the Tribes and urban Indian communities. Specific duties of CCIA are outlined in the Mandated Responsibilities: CCIA Enabling Statute, C.R.S. 24-44-101. Statutory duties are set forth at C.R.S. 24-44-103.
It is the duty of the commission
The Lieutenant Governor serves in the statutory role as chair of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. CCIA has 11 voting commissioners and several non-voting members who represent various interests within the Native American community.
Additionally, CCIA has four main committees:
For more information about CCIA’s committees, please visit the committees' Initiatives page.
Christine Baker-SageTribal Chairman
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Chantalle HanschuCounty and Tribal Liason
CO. Dept. of Human Services
Robert Randall Executive Director
CO. Dept. of Natural Resources
Web Brown Director
CO. Dept. of Public Health & Environment
Patrick Rondinelli Southwest Regional Manager
CO. Dept. of Local Affairs
Lucille Echohawk VISTA Volunteer
Spirit of the Sun
Sheldon Spotted Elk Director
Casey Family Programs
Ex-Officio (non-voting) Members