American Indian Commission

The Mission of the Denver American Indian Commission is to enhance present and future communications between the Denver American Indian Community and the City and County of Denver, to advocate for social and cultural awareness and to promote economic and political equality.

Commission Meetings

Monthly meetings take place during the second, Wednesday of each month.
Meeting Time: 
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

El Centro Su Teatro
721 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204

Right after each meeting the DAIC is proud to present the monthly 2014 Indigenous Film Series @ Su Teatro: films start at 6:30pm, with the doors opening at 6:00pm and end time between 7:45 – 8:30pm.  The format will be a film screening followed by discussion with the audience.  Free and open to the public.
Download the 2014 schedule

2014 Meeting Calendar:

 January 8, 2014  MINUTES 
 February 12, 2014   
 March 12, 2014  
 April 9, 2014  
 May 14, 2014  
 June 11, 2014  
 July 9, 2014  
 August 13, 2014  
 September 10, 2014  
 October 8, 2014  
 November 12, 2014  
 December 10, 2014

(Dine’) Project Manager - The Denver Indian Center’s Elder Program
(Dine’) Digital Storyteller
(Sicangu Lakota) Administrative Training Coordinator – JVA Consulting
(Taos Pueblo) Performing Artist and Owner of Secret Souls Creations
(Oglala Lakota)Program Assistant – Denver Indian Family Resource Center
(Lakota, Ojibwe, Akimel O’odham) Attorney – Small Business Administration
(Navajo Nation/Spirit Lake Dakota) Board Member National Alliance on Mental Illness-Colorado
(Sac & Fox) Youth Advocate and Board Member of the Colorado Indian Education Foundation
(Tlingit) AmeriCorps Vista – Spirit of the Sun

Gemma Lockhart is a journalist and filmmaker who has been invited to work extensively among America Indian tribes in the United States.   She owns an entertainment company with program development including stories for children, television series and major motion film.

Gemma holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and has studied International Political Economy of Resources at the Colorado School of Mines.  Her public service has encompassed school board work and the non-profit sector focusing on women’s leadership, children and celebration of cultural diversity.

Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Gemma is Sicangu Lakota and makes Colorado her home.  She feels the most important part of leadership is listening.

(Dine’) Sr. Professional Research Assistant - University of Colorado, School of Public Health, Center for American Indian and Alaskan Native Health
(Canadian Cree) Peacemaker – Enterprise Development Consultant
(Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians) Anthropology Student at Metro State University of Denver & Board Member of the Medicine Heart Dancers – a Native American Dance Troupe

Commission News and Events


Contact the Commission

If you would like more information regarding the Denver American Indian Commission please contact Darius Smith at the number or email address.

Darius Lee Smith, 
(720) 913-8458

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