The original inhabitants of the area that is now Colorado included: The Apache nation. The Arapaho nation. The Cheyenne nation. The Pueblo tribes. The Shoshone tribe. The Comanche tribe. The Kiowa tribe. The Navajo tribe. Here are the addresses of Colorado’s Indian reservations: Southern Ute Tribe. PO Box 737. Ignacio, CO 81137.
We invite you to the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in beautiful Southwest Colorado, home of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
There are two federally recognized Indian tribes in Colorado today.
The main groups who occupied the Denver area, however, were the Apaches, Utes, Cheyennes, Comanches, and Arapahoes.
Colorado means “the color red,” and Spanish explorers named the muddy red river they found Rio Colorado. Congress chose the name for the territory in 1861.
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All Indians are subject to federal income taxes. However, whenever a member of an Indian tribe conducts business off the reservation, that person, like everyone else, pays both state and local taxes. State income taxes are not paid on reservation or trust lands.
The Pine Ridge Reservation is home to the lowest life expectancy, and a number of the poorest communities in the United States. The average life expectancy on Pine Ridge is 66.81 years, the lowest in the United States.
Ute, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche and other Native tribes lived in and traveled through the land that is now Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Plains After European contact, and especially after Spanish colonists brought horses to the region in the 18th century, the peoples of the Great Plains became much more nomadic. Groups like the Crow, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Comanche and Arapaho used horses to pursue great herds of buffalo across the prairie.
The Ancestral Puebloans were an early Native American group who settled in Colorado. Other groups like the Apache, Cheyenne, and Comanche came later. The Spanish were the first Europeans to settle what is now Colorado.
There were a lot of ambitious people who laid the groundwork for the Denver of today. William Byers founded the Rocky Mountain News in 1859. Byers was a tireless promoter of the city. In the early days, he even called Denver a “steamboat port”!
Apache is pronounced “uh-PAH-chee.” It means “enemy” in the language of their Zuni neighbors. The Apaches ‘ own name for themselves was traditionally Nde or Ndee (meaning “the people”), but today most Apache people use the word ” Apache ” themselves, even when they are speaking their own language.
The Jicarilla Apache were just one of six southern Athapascan groups that migrated out of Canada sometime around 1300 to 1500 A.D. Moving their way south, they settled in the southwest where their traditional homeland covered more than 50 million acres across north New Mexico, southern Colorado and western Oklahoma.