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HB22-1327

Native American Boarding Schools

Concerning former Native American boarding schools in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subject:
State Government
Bill Summary

The bill establishes the Native American federal Indian boarding school research program (research program) in the Colorado commission of Indian affairs (commission) state historical society, known as history Colorado, to research the events, physical and emotional abuse, and deaths that occurred at Native American federal Indian boarding schools in Colorado, including the victimization of families of youth forced to attend the boarding schools and the intergenerational impacts of the abuse.

The bill requires the commission to enter into an agreement with an organization history Colorado to research events, abuse, and deaths that occurred at the Native American federal Indian boarding school at Fort Lewis, which was known as the Fort Lewis Indian school. History Colorado may enter into an agreement with a third party to conduct parts of the research. History Colorado is required to provide the Colorado commission of Indian affairs (commission), Southern Ute Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe with periodic updates about its research and is required to deliver a final report to the commission, Southern Ute Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. After receiving the results of the research, the commission shall make recommendations, which may include legislation, The bill requires history Colorado, after delivering its final report, to facilitate consultation with the commission, the Southern Ute Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to develop recommendations necessary to better understand the abuse and victimization that occurred at, and is related to, Native American federal Indian boarding schools and to support healing in tribal communities. The commission History Colorado must make its the recommendations publicly available.The commission shall consult In addition to consultation with the Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, before selecting and entering into an agreement with a research organization and before making its recommendations. the bill requires history Colorado to consult with the commission and permits history Colorado to consult with any other federally recognized Indian tribe.

The department of human services owns and operates a regional center on the property that was formerly the Teller institute Native American federal Indian boarding school. The bill requires the department to vacate the property and sell all or a portion of the property, or transfer all or a portion of the property, to a state institution of higher education, a local government, a state agency, or a federally recognized tribe in Colorado. The department is not permitted to sell or transfer the property until after the identification and mapping of any graves of students buried at the Native American federal Indian boarding school that was located on the property and until after the department develops a plan, in consultation with tribal governments, to acknowledge the abuse and victimization of students and families related to the operation of the school.The bill appropriates $618,611 to the department of higher education for use by history Colorado for the research program.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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