For thousands of years, generations of Indigenous Peoples lived in and traversed the Boulder Valley – enriching countless oral and tribal traditions that shaped a special connection to the land. However, miners during the beginning of the 1858-1859 Colorado Gold Rush and a steady influx of white occupiers violated treaties and forcibly removed tribes from the Boulder area, severing their connection with the land.
For Indigenous Peoples who live of Colorado – and for those who live in Boulder today – traditions, stories and languages passed down over the generations still connect them with Boulder’s lands.
The City of Boulder recognizes this history and acknowledges it has a shared responsibility to forge a path forward to address the past and to initiate meaningful action for Indigenous community members and American Indian Tribal Nations.
Guiding Principles, Plans and Policies
City of Boulder efforts to help support federally recognized American Indian Tribal Nations and Indigenous community members is guided by:
- The city’s 2016 Indigenous People’s Day Resolution
- The city's Racial Equity Plan
- Ongoing government-to-government consultations with American Indian Tribal Nations
- Four agreements the City of Boulder shares with federally recognized American Indian Tribal Nations
- Final statements from 2019 and 2021 consultations with Tribal Nations
- Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan