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Health disparities drive Ute Mountain Ute plan for new grocery store, workforce center

In Towaoc, capital of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, there are about 347 households and no place within 15 miles to shop for fresh, healthy food. That’s a significant barrier to improving health in a community where rates of obesity and diabetes are nearly three times higher than the rest of Colorado. An ambitious plan […]

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Colorado governor rescinds proclamations that led to Sand Creek Massacre

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday rescinded two proclamations that led to the mutilation and mass murder of more than 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho people on the Eastern Plains, including women, children and the elderly, by military troops in 1864.  At a ceremony Tuesday, Polis signed executive orders reversing two proclamations by Territorial Gov. John […]

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Tribes’ ancestral remains return home from Finland to Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Tribal leaders have reburied the remains of their ancestors that were taken more than a century ago from what’s now a national park in Colorado. A Swedish researcher unearthed the remains of about 20 people and more than two dozen funerary objects from southwestern Colorado in 1891. They eventually became part of […]

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At the end, a rumination on a daughter’s complex relationship with her adoptive father

Susan Devan Harness (Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes) is a writer, lecturer, and oral historian, and has been a research associate for the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University. She is also the author of “Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958–1967).” The following is an excerpt […]