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Carbondale's First Indigenous Peoples' Day Archives

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On Monday, October 14, 2019, Carbondale celebrated its first Indigenous Peoples' Day with a small pow wow in Sopris Park. This is archival audio of the event, lead by historian and former Northern Ute Tribal Chairman Roland McCook.

 

Part One, including introductions, Carbondale drumming and questions and answers with Roland McCook:

Part Two, including Roland's personal story:

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Part Three, including round dances and the Bear Dance:

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Part Four, including John Hoffman's recounting of the story of the Meeker Massacre, a catalyst for the displacement of the White River, Uncompahgre and Southern Utes:

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Raleigh Burleigh was raised in the historic floodplanes of Satank. The Carbondale Rotary Club sponsored him as a youth ambassador to Chile the year before his graduation from Roaring Fork High School. He studied International Affairs and Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder then applied those studies traveling throughout South America the following year. Returning to Carbondale thereafter, Raleigh acquired an internship with KDNK News which led to the opportunity to serve as News Director from 2017 to 2019. After another trip to South America in early 2019, Raleigh Burleigh drew deeper into the confluence as Program Director at KDNK. Now Raleigh is happy to serve on the KDNK Board of Directors. Raleigh is now the Editor of Carbondale's weekly newspaper the Sopris Sun.
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