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City of Boulder to Host a Consultation With Federally Recognized American Indian Tribes

The City of Boulder will host a government-to-government consultation with federally recognized American Indian Tribes on Wednesday, April 7, to continue conversations that began at a March 2019 consultation.

The city had hoped to discuss several items with Tribal Nations at a planned 2020 consultation; however, the 2020 consultation was postponed because of COVID-19. During the online consultation this week, the city plans to:

  • Continue discussions and negotiations with Tribal Representatives about updating agreements the city shares with American Indian Tribes.
  • Obtain a final recommendation for a name that commemorates the Indigenous presence at Settlers Park in west Boulder as directed by the city’s Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution.
  • Present a preliminary land acknowledgment based on input from community members and city boards and commissions.
  • Listen to matters of importance to Tribal Nations to guide future consultations.

The City of Boulder recognizes the public interest in its government-to-government consultations with Tribal Nations. However, the upcoming consultation this week will be closed to the public to facilitate government-to-government negotiations that may include sensitive topics, such as the location of Native American cultural resources. The city will seek the permission of Tribal Representatives to release a summary statement of the April 7 discussions. If agreed to, the city plans to make the summary statement available through the following webpage by 5:30 p.m., April 7:

The city anticipates informing the public about the Settler’s Park name change when it submits an application for a formal name change for the area. City staff also plan to provide City Council an update about its land acknowledgment effort in late summer or early fall 2021 to provide Tribal Governments an opportunity to review Boulder land acknowledgments and how the city can use them with honor and respect. 

Media Contact:
Phillip Yates, Media Relations, 303-349-2438 

Published April 5, 2021