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

Daryle Conquering Bear Crow serves as the Healthy Living Program Assistant for Denver Indian Family Resource Center, which provides services to Denver’s American Indian/Alaskan Native community. He manages programs in the Healthy Living Services, ranging from Community Indigenous Gardening, Mile High UNITY, Youth Sports, and Youth leadership.

In his current position, Daryle is able to draw from an expansive professional background working with various American Indian and non-native nonprofit institutions including the National Indian Child Welfare Association, FosterClub, National Resource Center for Tribes, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and work international, as a board member on the North Council on Adoptable Children organization.  Regardless of his role, Will is passionate in connecting information and people, focusing on youth development and Indian Child welfare.

A South Dakota native, Daryle will be receiving his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Human Development and Sports and Political Science. 

(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

Michelle volunteers with Indigenous youth in the Denver-Metro area, as the Director for the Medicine Heart Dancers. 

Through her non-profit work, Michelle has  helped to create opportunities for youth members to actively participate in cultural activities, including performances at schools and events statewide. 

At the Denver Indian Center, Michelle works with youth teaching Pow-Wow style dancing and encouraging healthy lifestyles. 

As a student of Anthropology and Journalism at Metropolitan State University, Michelle supports her community through her own education. She recently presented at the High Plains Society Annual Conference on Historical Trauma and Cultural Preservation through Traditional Education. 

Michelle also works in Public Relations for a local minority-female owned firm.

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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