The East Colfax Neighborhood Association maintains a fund for the reparations of native peoples. The fund is a way to recognize the history of the land on which the East Colfax neighborhood is plotted as the traditional tribal grounds of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe peoples (among other tribes). Denver got its start only about 160 years ago, and the fund is a way we as a neighborhood can acknowledge the inception during that time of deeply tragic patterns of displacement that have continued to echo into the present day.
Please consider donating to the fund. We will send all donations to tribal leaders on an annual basis. If you would like to donate please write to Eastcolfaxneighborhood@gmail.com. Donations may be cash, check, or credit card via Paypal.
We are aware that the fund could not possibly approach an actual “reparation,” but we believe we can actively pay our respects to those whose ancestors experienced genocidal patterns of settler colonialism, right here where we live today. The fund is a way to keep the door open to the continuing conversation around these abiding and often systematically obscured truths.
(image: tipis near Denver, 1874, Colorado History Museum. Early East Colfax?)