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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 former 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. The Executive Director and Program Assistant are responsible for carrying out the day to day tasks of the Commission. CCIA has 11 voting commissioners and several non-voting members who represent various interests within the Native American community.
Additionally, CCIA is able to create special committees to engage with various themes relevant to AI/AN Tribes and communities statewide. CCIA currently has an active Health and Wellness Committee. Past committees have included the Economic Opportunities and Resources Committee, the Education Committee, and the Reinterment Committee which has since become the Colorado Lands Workgroup.
For more information about CCIA’s committees, please visit the committees' Initiatives page.
Christine Baker-SageTribal Chairman
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
VACANTCounty and Tribal Liason
CO. Dept. of Human Services
Dan Gibbs 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