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Hickenlooper: Colorado strong, resilient

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Gov. John Hickenlooper greets lawmakers Thursday after delivering his annual State of the State speech during a joint session of the Colorado General Assembly in the state Capitol. “Colorado does not shut down. Colorado does not quit,” Hickenlooper said to a round of applause.
Ute tribes are lukewarm on State of State address

DENVER – Two Ute tribal leaders who witnessed Gov. John Hickenlooper’s State of the State said they liked the speech but yearned for a bit more recognition for their people.
Southern Ute Vice-chairman James Olguin and Ute Mountain Ute Vice-chairwoman Juanita Plentyholes sat in the front row during the address – the customary spot for officials from Colorado’s only two Native American reservations.
“I thought the speech was well-prepared and represented the state of Colorado very well,” Olguin said.
But other than a nod to their presence, Hickenlooper had little to say about the tribes.
“I would have really appreciated recognition for what we do in the Southwest part of the state, as we are a nation within the state,” Olguin said. “We ensure our people are taken care of with or without the state’s help.”
It’s important to build and foster a government-to-government relationship, he said.
“We’ve got it started. We just need to continue to build on it, and it’s going to be an ongoing process,” Olguin said.
Plentyholes echoed the thought.
“We are a government, and we have the same responsibilities to our constituents,” she said. “I think that oftentimes, the state doesn’t think of the tribes as legitimate governments. They don’t really reach out to say, ‘What kind of needs do you have? How can we help you?’”
Both tribal leaders said the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, which is led by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, has helped to build a relationship with the state government.
jhanel@durangoherald.com

Governor in Durango

Gov. John Hickenlooper is going on the road after Thursday’s State of the State address, and his first stop is in Durango on Friday. His local schedule:
11 a.m.: StoneAge Waterblast Tools, 466 S. Skylane Drive, Durango.
Noon: Discussion with business and community leaders at Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.

Hickenlooper: Colorado strong, resilient

Hickenlooper
Gov. John Hickenlooper greets lawmakers Thursday after delivering his annual State of the State speech during a joint session of the Colorado General Assembly in the state Capitol. “Colorado does not shut down. Colorado does not quit,” Hickenlooper said to a round of applause.
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