Toward a Right Relationship with Native Peoples

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Our mission to eliminate racism and empower women means that we work toward right relationships with Native People. Today we acknowledge the Boulder Valley’s history.

In 1859, gold seekers looked to the hills west of Boulder to find fortune in Arapahoe and Cheyenne hunting grounds. 12 years later, the City of Boulder was incorporated, in direct violation of the Fort Laramie Treaty the U.S. government had with the tribes native to this land.

YWCA Boulder County acknowledges that the land where we live today is the territory of the Hinóno’éí (Arapaho) people. We honor Chief Left Hand (Niwot or Nawath), leader of the last Hinóno’éí band to spend their winters in the Boulder Valley. Many Hinóno’éí people were massacred by the US Cavalry at Sand Creek, Colorado, in 1864. The survivors were forced out of Colorado to reservations in Wyoming and Oklahoma, where most Hinóno’éí live today. In our daily lives, let us remember that the Boulder Valley is home to the Hinóno’éí people and to many other tribes that also camped, hunted, and traded here for centuries. And that Native people of many Indigenous nations live here today.