24-44-101. Legislative declaration. The general assembly finds and declares that the affairs of the two Indian tribes whose reservations are largely within the state of Colorado, the Southern Ute tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute tribe, include matters of state interest and that the state of Colorado recognizes the special governmental relationships and the unique political status of these tribes with respect to the federal government and, further, that it is in the best interest of all the people of Colorado that there be an agency providing an official liaison among all persons in both the private and public sectors who share a concern for the establishment and maintenance of cooperative relationships with and among the aforesaid tribes.
24-44-102. Establishment of commission. There is hereby established in the office of the lieutenant governor the Colorado commission of Indian affairs, referred to in this article as the "commission".
24-44-103. Duties of commission.
(1) It is the duty of the commission:
(a) To coordinate intergovernmental dealings between tribal governments and this state;
(b) To investigate the needs of Indians of this state and to provide technical assistance in the preparation of plans for the alleviation of such needs;
(c) To cooperate with and secure the assistance of the local, state, and federal governments or any agencies thereof in formulating and coordinating programs regarding Indian affairs adopted or planned by the federal government so that the full benefit of such programs will accrue to the Indians of this state;
(d) To review all proposed or pending legislation and amendments to existing legislation affecting Indians in this state;
(e) To study the existing status of recognition of all Indian groups, tribes, and communities presently existing in this state;
(f) To employ and fix the compensation of an executive secretary of the commission, who shall carry out the responsibilities of the commission;
(g) To petition the general assembly for funds to effectively administer the commission's affairs and to expend funds in compliance with state regulations;
(h) To accept and receive gifts, funds, grants, bequests, and devices for use in furthering the purposes of the commission;
(i) To contract with public or private bodies to provide services and facilities for promoting the welfare of the Indian people;
(j) To make legislative recommendations;
(k) To make and publish reports of findings and recommendations.
24-44-104. Membership - term of office - chairman - compensation.
(1) The commission shall consist of the lieutenant governor, the executive director of the department of human services, the executive director of the department of public health and environment, the executive director of the department of natural resources, the executive director of the department of local affairs, two official representatives each from Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes, and two at-large members who shall be selected by the commission at its first meeting and annually thereafter.
(2) Members serving by virtue of their office within state government may appoint a designee and shall serve so long as they hold that office. Members representing Ute Indian tribes shall be designated by their respective tribal governing bodies. The lieutenant governor shall serve as chairman of the commission and shall, subject to the provisions of section 24-44-105 and the ratification of a majority of the full commission, appoint an executive secretary.
(3) Commission members who are seated by virtue of their office within the state government, or their designees, shall not be compensated for their services rendered for the commission. All other commission members shall be compensated at the rate of thirty-five dollars per day for each day that the commission is in session. All members shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
24-44-105. Executive secretary. The commission may employ an executive secretary to carry out the day-to-day responsibilities and business of the commission. The executive secretary shall be an ex officio member of the commission and shall be an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe.
24-44-106. Meetings - quorum - proxy vote.
(1) The commission shall meet quarterly and at any other such time as it deems necessary. Meetings may be called by the chairman or by a petition signed by a majority of the members of the commission. Ten days' notice shall be given in writing prior to the meeting date.
(2) Two Indian members of the commission and two members by virtue of their office within state government shall constitute a quorum
(3) Proxy vote shall not be permitted.
24-44-107. Reports. (Repealed)
24-44-108. Fiscal records. Fiscal records shall be kept by the executive secretary or his designee and shall be subject to annual audit by the state auditor. The audit reports shall become a part of the annual report and shall be submitted in accordance with the regulations governing preparation and submission of the annual report.