Colorado

Indigenous Peoples Day

Organization

Who We Are

The Colorado Indigenous Peoples Day Powwow is an annual event in Boulder, CO creating space for Indigenous people to thrive in community and solidarity together. The Colorado Indigenous Peoples Day Organization grew out of the Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Organizing Committee, and we seek to work in partnership with other Native-led organizations across so-called Colorado to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day and help sustain the movement for Indigenous Peoples Day.

Getting Organized

In 2017, the Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Organizing Committee was formed, the powwow planned, and despite the cold, sleet and occasional snow, more than 3000 spectators joined dancers from the occupied Native territories currently known as Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Colorado’s Front Range in a culturally appropriate celebration of Indigenous culture. Indigenous relatives and non-Indigenous community members from the region came together, celebrating the diversity of Native culture, language, and community that has existed upon this stolen land for millennia.

Our Values

We work together with our partners to build spaces that not only uplift the voices of Indigenous people still living here in Colorado, but that also celebrate and honor the languages and cultures Indigenous to the Boulder area and the entire state of Colorado. We occupy Nuuchu, Heévâhetaneo’o, Hinono’eiteen, and Oceti Sakowin territory, and Southeastern Colorado is the site of the Sand Creek Massacre. We must honor those we’ve lost, celebrate the cultures and languages we have held onto as well as our ongoing relationship with these lands, and advocate for justice and fair treatment of the 60,000+ Indigenous people still living here in Colorado.

Event Producer: Flatirons Political Art

Flatirons Political Art is an allied community art space in the North Boulder Art District where members can socialize (or not) while working on their art and an events space where the general public can engage with each other at events, workshops, poetry readings, panels, trainings, and art shows.

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