The Colorado Indigenous Peoples Day Organization (CIPD) was established to educate, organize, and advocate for Indigenous peoples by engaging in a deeper conversation about how to tell the truth about our history and how to address the impacts this history has on our current moment.
CIPD emerged from the annual Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow, Indigenous market and parade which was formally established in 2018 after a resolution was passed by Boulder City Council on Aug. 2, 2016 officially recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day.
Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed by Native representatives at a United Nations Indigenous Conference in Geneva in 1977. A little over a decade later, South Dakota passed a resolution to celebrate Native American Day, then Berkeley, California instituted the first Indigenous Peoples Day in 1992. In recent years, this movement has been rapidly gathering momentum nationwide with over 150 cities, universities and school districts in 41 US states and counting having joined them. Indigenous Peoples Day is also celebrated in numerous communities by groups, organizations, schools, tribes and friends.
In Colorado, eight cities - Aspen, Boulder, Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Crested Butte, Denver, Durango, and Gunnison - have passed official resolutions within the past five years.
With your help, we will continue to promote recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day across Colorado while at the same time supporting Colorado's Indigenous communities and advocating for their needs: providing essential resources for the Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow and all those participating; collaborating with Indigenous communities, non-profits and student organizations on cultural and educational programming; and partnering on community-based initiatives designed to build a better future for the next seven generations of Indigenous peoples in Colorado and beyond.
Donations are tax deductible with the gracious help of our fiscal sponsor, Her Many Voices.
For more information, please visit coindigenous.org or @ColoradoIPDOrg on Facebook.