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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 15, 20173min108
U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, R-6th Dist., helped foster the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act conference report, a bill that contains significant policy and funding initiatives for the Department of Defense. Coffman, as Chairman of the House Armed Forces Subcommittee on Military Personnel, says he worked across party lines to ensure that […]

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Jessica MachettaNovember 8, 20174min152
Denver voters gave the green light for city officials to allocate nearly a billion dollars for 460 citywide projects as part of the city’s growth plan, so now what? Mayor Michael Hancock says it’s a vote of confidence from the people and a huge responsibility that won’t be taken lightly. “With a yes vote, we […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 10, 20172min6970

The Aspen City Council on Monday passed a resolution declaring the day traditionally observed as Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Aspen Daily News reported that council members unanimously approved the resolution implementing the Indigenous Peoples Day, which supporters say would be used as an opportunity to celebrate native cultures. Although Aspen doesn’t recognize Columbus Day, local banks and courts were closed Monday in honor of the European mariner credited with supposedly leading the first expedition to the Americas in 1492.

However, over 50 cities and towns across the United States — including Denver and Boulder — have stopped recognizing the day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day, out of concern that Columbus was brutal in his treatment of the natives he encountered and that his arrival ushered in centuries of ethnic cleansing and genocide.

“It concerns my people, and Native Americans across the country, that we celebrate a holiday to a person who has caused us great pain,” Roland McCook, a member of the Ute tribe told the Aspen council, at the Sept. 25 work session. “The holiday reminds us every year how we were treated in the interest of manifest destiny.”

State legislators have taken up the issue — to either rename or cancel Columbus Day as a state holiday — in each of the last two sessions, but Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, a candidate for attorney general next year, has not been able to advance the legislation. The proposition was opposed by Italian-American organizations who consider Columbus an important historical figure.


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Marianne GoodlandSeptember 14, 20175min236
Despite heated political rhetoric between Washington, D.C. and the United States’ neighbors, especially to the south, Denver this week is the center of a week-long event that its sponsors hope will bridge some of that growing divide. This week marks the fourth Biennial of the Americas, started by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2010 while he […]

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