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Community Resources

Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera attends the opening ceremony of the Sand Creek Massacre exhibit at the History Colorado Center.

Lt. Governor Primavera attends the Sand Creek Massacre exhibit opening ceremony at the History Colorado Center in November 2022.

Local Resources

  • Denver American Indian Commission (DAIC)
    • The mission of the DAIC is to enhance present and future communications between the Denver American Indian Community and the City and County of Denver, to advocate for social and cultural awareness, and to promote economic and political equality. The Commission
  • Denver Indian Center
    • The Denver Indian Center, Inc. serves a diverse group of tribes, the majority of which represent the Southwest and the Northern and Southern Plains. Most come seeking economic stability, education and security for their families. The Center continues to be a highly sought after location for the community to gather for powwows and various other activities held at the facility throughout the year.
  • Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc. (DIHFS)
    • The mission of DIHFS is to provide culturally appropriate services that promote improved health and quality of life for American Indian families and individuals.
  • Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC)
    • DIFRC's goal is to assist families to avoid involvement with the child welfare system and to support and advocate for families already involved. They provide a variety of services that build up the strengths of our Indian families and that help children thrive.
  • Haseya Advocate Program 
    • Haseya Advocate Program is a Native woman-led organization that serves Indigenous survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the Colorado Springs, Colorado region. We empower Native survivors to overcome domestic and sexual violence by providing culturally sensitive and appropriate advocacy, including safety planning, access to information and resources, accompaniment, and problem solving.
  • Native American Services at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
    • Native American Services (NAS) provides comprehensive case management services to unsheltered Indigenous adults and adult couples at NAS events and through street outreach in the Denver Metro area. NAS Outreach Case Management helps unhoused relatives connect to services and resources to survive, stabilize, and exit homelessness.
  • One Nation Walking Together
    • One Nation Walking Together strives to make a positive impact in the lives of Native Americans. A people that are greatly underserved and misrepresented, ONWT is an organization about People helping People—not a cause. By addressing the specific needs of each community, we serve, One Nation can be more than a “dump and run” charity. We deliver the necessities of life to our Native brothers and sisters.
  • Spirit of the Sun
    • An Indigenous womxn-led nonprofit located on Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho) land, Comanche, and 48+ other Tribe's sacred land, working to empower Native communities, one youth at a time. Spirit of the Sun’s mission is to work in partnership with Native American communities in urban areas and on reservations to boost the resilience of Native people, especially youth and young adults.
  • The Gathering Place
    • The Gathering Place (TGP) offers services to combat poverty and address the impacts of marginalization and oppression that are often contributing factors to poverty or homelessness. By offering low-barrier access to a broad range of basic necessities and wrap-around care options, TGP guides women, transgender folx and children living in poverty from a place of crisis and instability to one of stability and security. While we refer to those we serve as "members," no fees are ever charged for programs or services
  • Western Slope Native American Resource Center
    • The Western Slope Native American Resource Center (WSNARC) was founded to provide culturally-responsive services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families living on the Western Slope. Culturally-responsive services were identified as a critical unmet need. 

State Resources

  • Office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (OMMIR)
    • The Office of the Liaison for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (OMMIR) is a newly created office established in 2022 through Senate Bill 22-150. The office shall serve as a liaison on behalf of the indigenous community on issues related to missing or murdered indigenous relatives, support the advisory board created in subsection (4) of this section, and carry out any duties assigned by the executive director. In carrying out its duties, the office shall collaborate with any relevant entities, including the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, federally recognized tribes, indigenous-led organizations, tribal and local law enforcement agencies, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the Colorado State Patrol.
  • State Committees and Commissions on Indian Affairs
    • The need for state forums on Indian affairs has increased in conjunction with the need for improved state-tribal relations. Traditionally, these forums have been under the direction of the executive branches in the states. More legislatures, however, are recognizing the benefits of having dedicated committees on Indian affairs or state-tribal relations. This compilation includes both legislative and executive branch committees and commissions, contact names and numbers.

Federal Resources

  • National Caucus of Native American State Legislators (NCNASL)
    • NCNASL works to promote a better understanding of state-tribal issues among policymakers and the public at large.
    • The effectiveness of the Caucus, and the strength of individual Native American legislators, increases the ability of the state legislatures to more appropriately address tribal issues and develop public policy in cooperation with tribal governments.
  • Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
    • Headquartered in Boulder, CO,NARF provides legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation.
    • NARF is a respected consultant to policy makers and others engaged in drafting legislation.

Other Resources

  • Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce (RMICC)
    • The RMICC assists commerce that benefits American Indian Communities through Economic Development. To this end, the RMICC helps provide relevant training, workshops, events, and networking opportunities.
  • National Congress of American Indians
    • The NCAI provides informational resources in regard to key policy initiatives as well as coordination and consultation with tribal governments. The NCAI also leads efforts to unite tribal advocates to promote progressive, proactive Indian policy.

Genealogy

CCIA does not conduct genealogical research nor issue tribal identification documents. Below are some useful documents outlining the general process for tracing your ancestry and documenting your genealogy.


CCIA's Genealogy Fact Sheet

View Genealogy Fact Sheet

Genealogy Information Checklist

View Genealogy Information Checklist

Department of Interior Guide to Tracing American Indian Ancestry

View Department of the Interior Guide to Tracing American Indian Ancestry