Indigenous Connections at Rocky Mountain National Park
The Center of the American West (CAW), the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS), Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), and representatives from the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado, the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray in Utah, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado, are carrying out a project that seeks to improve the educational and interpretive programs at Rocky Mountain National Park in ways that are more inclusive of tribal nations.
In the project’s first phase (2016-2018), we facilitated two workshops with tribal representatives, park officials, and CU Boulder faculty and students. From these meetings, partners identified next steps for the project, and NPS officials and tribal representatives requested that CAW and CNAIS continue to orchestrate this project. In the project’s second phase (2018-2019), we collaboratively gathered and assessed existing research, tribal resources, and other materials for summary documents on each tribe's history and connections to the park region. In the project's current phase (2019-2020), for which we received a third Outreach Award, we are using the summary documents to develop new interpretive exhibits and programs at the park. These activities will guide Rocky Mountain National Park staff as they share information about tribal nations with the 4.5 million annual visitors at the park.
This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.
We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community.
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