2022 Indigenous Peoples Day Event
The City of Boulder recently announced 2022 Indigenous Peoples Day Events. Each year, the City of Boulder provides support to organizations to help celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
City staff invited Tribal Representatives from American Indian Tribal Nations that share agreements with the city to participate in two online consultations on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, to continue conversations that occurred earlier this year. The city recognizes that several Tribal Representatives were not able to participate in the March 16 consultation this year. These two upcoming conversations will provide additional opportunities for Tribal Governments to share their guidance.
During the upcoming consultation, the city has invited Tribal Representatives to:
City staff hope these follow-up conversations will provide a path for a consensus agreement on the updated MOU and a process for it to be presented to Tribal Governments and City Council for consideration and potential acceptance.
During the upcoming consultation, the city also will present updates about community Indigenous Peoples Day events the city is supporting this year. Staff are planning to communicate events that the city is helping to support on this webpage by mid-September. The planned conversations will help the city fulfill previous commitments city-Tribal Representatives agreed to in 2019, 2021 and 2022 consultations and will continue to help the city fulfill its Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution.
While the city recognizes the community interest in its consultations with Tribal Nations, consultations are generally closed to the public in order to facilitate government-to-government negotiations that may include sensitive topics. The city will publish a final statement – pending Tribal Representative approval – in October.
Federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Nations are sovereign governments recognized under the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, Executive Orders and court decisions.
Tribal consultation is broadly defined as a process of meaningful government-to-government communication and coordination between U.S. government agencies and tribal governments before an agency takes actions or implements decisions (“undertakings”) that may affect tribes or tribal interests. Federal consultation practices have been established as federal government policy in several presidential directives (Clinton, G.W. Bush, Obama, Biden). Numerous states and municipalities have also sought to include input from Tribal Governments when their actions are thought to affect tribal interests.
The City of Boulder respects and honors American Indian Tribal sovereignty and self-determination and conducts government-to-government consultations with federally recognized Tribal Nations that share agreements with the city. The city follows federal and state consultation guidelines and guidance for consultations with Tribal Nations, including those that share agreements with the city. It also bases its consultation practices on direction and wishes provided by Tribal Representatives during ongoing consultations. City consultation with federally recognized American Indian Nations is also guided by the State of Colorado Tribal Consultation Guide prepared by the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs.
The city’s consultation framework with American Indian Tribal Nations is based on the agreements the city shares with Tribal Nations, discussions with Tribal Representatives and guidelines established by the federal government and the state of Colorado. The city recognizes and understands that it needs better standard practices to collaborate with local Indigenous community members on a broader, community-wide basis.
The City of Boulder invited these American Indian Tribal Nations to participate in a March 2022 consultation:
As common with government-to-government consultations, the City of Boulder-Tribal consultations are typically closed sessions in order to facilitate conversations among city staff, Tribal Representatives and elected and appointed community leaders. Those conversations may include sensitive topics, such as sacred traditions and stories, along with the location of Native American cultural resources.
However, the city recognizes the public interest in citywide consultations with American Indian Tribes. Staff seek permission from Tribal Representatives to develop a joint city-tribal statement at the end of each consultation. City staff create these collaborative statements in partnership with Tribal Representatives. When in-person, there is also an effort to provide community members the opportunity to attend pre and post consultation discussions, such as the opening and closing sessions.
The City of Boulder has four agreements with 13 federally recognized American Indian Tribal Nations, which were developed during previous consultations during the late 1990s and the early-to-mid 2000s. Broadly, these agreements recognize tribes and the city had common interests, including:
The four agreements the city currently has with American Indian Tribal Nations are: