Summit of tribal leaders convening at 2018 Outdoor Retailers Summer Market

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 — The Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA), Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC), and NativesOutdoors will convene a 1-day summit of tribal leaders and organizations around the 2018 Outdoor Retailers Summer Market in Denver, July 23-26. The summit will focus on public lands management, outdoor recreation, and opportunities for collaboration with the tribes. With this partnership, NativesOutdoors, the OREC Office, and CCIA, will enable a new level of meaningful engagement with the 48 tribes that call Colorado home and the outdoor industry as a whole.


"This is a great opportunity for Colorado to invite Tribes to the outdoor industry table to discuss issues that are important to tribal nations from both an economic and cultural standpoint," said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, Chair of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. "In the end, this dialogue and process can only strengthen our collective voices on the importance of the outdoor recreation industry in our communities."


This partnership highlights Colorado’s leadership in the outdoor industry and the state’s desire to proactively engage with the native nations on topics of relevance and importance to both communities. This effort will provide new insights and opportunities for tribes and the outdoor industry to work directly on common areas of interest. Including economic development, health promotion, cultural revitalization, and public lands management.


“The time has come to create the correct and equitable space for a truly inclusive conversation about our public lands and waters and how and where they can be utilized,” said Luis Benitez, Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.


“The outdoor industry economy represents a significant opportunity for the many Native Nations to develop sustainable economies that fit within their cultural values while providing many benefits to their own communities,” said Dr. Len Necefer, CEO of NativesOutdoors. “Colorado continues to demonstrate its leadership in the Outdoor Industry by proactively working toward an inclusive and vibrant outdoor recreation economy.”



Denver based company who develops gear designed and developed by indigenous people globally. Their gear sales support opportunities for access and advocacy for Native people in the outdoor industry and community. Their work includes direct work on policy and engagement with state and tribal governments to ensure access and opportunities for native individuals and organizations in the outdoor recreation economy. CEO and Founder, Len Necefer is a member of the Navajo Nation.


For more information, please visit or contact Dr. Len Necefer, CEO


Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs

The office serves as the official state liaison between the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and other American Indian organizations, state agencies and affiliated groups.  The State and sovereign tribal government relationship is founded on a solid government-to-government relationship with the Ute Tribes as Colorado’s oldest, continuous residents of Colorado and 46 other tribal nations who continue to call Colorado home.  The CCIA is a twenty-six member commission, chaired by the Lt. Governor Donna Lynne and comprised of both Ute Tribes, their appointees and several state and federal department representatives and ex-officio members.


For more information please visit or contact Ernest House, Jr. Executive Director Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs


Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

With the density of the companies, the natural assets found in the state of Colorado and a workforce that is emboldened by the outdoors, Governor Hickenlooper launched the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) in 2015. OREC is one of only two offices in the nation that provides a central point of contact, advocacy, resources and support at the state level for the diverse constituents, businesses, communities and groups that rely on the continued health of the outdoor recreation industry.


For more information, please visit or contact Luis Benitez, OREC Director