American Indian Commission

The Denver American Indian Commission advocates on behalf of Denver's American Indian community.

Commission Meetings

Monthly meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month.

Meeting Time: 
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Meeting ID: 943 8604 1582
Passcode: DAIC

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Commission Members

Joshua Emerson (Dine’) *Co-Chair

Housing Advocacy & Founder of Sacred Voices / Deadroom Comedy


Raven Payment (Ojibwe & Kanien'kehá:ka) *Co-Chair

Proposal and Marketing Manager – Construction Company

Danielle SeeWalker (Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta)

Artist/Muralist/Writer and Co-Founder of The Red Road Project.

Donna Chrisjohn (Lakota/Navajo)

Legal Assistant & Indian Education Advocate

Jonathan Nelson (Dine')

Creative Consultant/Graphic Artist/Illustrator & Owner – Badwinds Studios

Queana Maher (Cheyenne River Sioux/Native Hawaiian/Indigenous Puerto Rican)

Student at The University of Colorado Denver

Rafael Maldonado Bad Hand (Nahutl)

Comic Artist & Designer

Shawna Maher (Cheyenne River Sioux)

Native American Research and Program Specialist – Lifespan Local


Thomas Allen (Sac & Fox/No. Arapaho/Euchee)

NeoGov HR Systems Administrator – State of Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration


Brandon Roberts (Navajo)

Business Consultant – Agility Solutions

Carla Respects Nothing (Oglala Lakota)

Wellness Navigator – The Gathering Place


Shannon Subryan (Lakota and enrolled Navajo)

Denver Human Services – Eligibility Technician II

Dallin Maybee (Seneca and enrolled Northern Arapaho)

Native American Rights Fund – Assistant Director of Development

Julia Spalding-Beegles

Staff Support to DAIC - Denver Museum of Nature & Science & DMNS Technology Assistance for Audio/Visual Technology

Tallerita Tunney Rodgers

Alison Butler

Staff Support to DAIC - Denver American Indian Commission Liaison & Director to the Denver Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships' Division of Disability Rights.