Right Relationship Boulder is an all-volunteer organization whose goal is to build respectful and lasting relationships between the people of Boulder and the Indigenous peoples who lived here in the past and those who live here today.
We acknowledge that we live in the homeland of the Hinóno’éí (Arapaho), Tsitsistas (Cheyenne), and Nuciu (Ute) Nations and that the Boulder Valley is home to people of many Indigenous nations today. We recognize the irreducible and ongoing relationship that Indigenous Peoples have with their traditional territories. Honoring a territory becomes meaningful when it is the basis for building relationships with Indigenous Peoples and the land.
Right Relationship Boulder welcomes all Boulder-area residents to participate in our projects. Our work is carried out by Working Groups and a Coordinating Council. To learn more, please contact RightRelationshipBoulder@gmail.com or visit our website https://rightrelationshipboulder.org/
The Education in the Schools group works with Boulder-area schools, staff, teachers, students, and librarians to bring Indigenous resources, People and the truth of Indigenous experience into classrooms.
The Indigenous Peoples Day group organizes events for the October Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations.
The Visiting/Exchanges group creates opportunities to build friendships between non-resident Indigenous peoples and Boulder residents.
The Land group supports Indigenous-led development of Boulder’s Fort Chambers site and seeks to create access for Indigenous peoples to land in the Boulder Valley.
Paula Palmer is a co-founder of Right Relationship Boulder and currently serves on the Coordinating Council and the Land Working Group. She co-directs, with Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, a program of Friends Peace Teams. As a writer, sociologist, and activist, she has collaborated with Indigenous peoples in projects for human rights and environmental protection in the U.S. and worldwide.
Christine Yoshinaga-Itano serves on Right Relationship Boulder’s Coordinating Council and the Land Working Group. She is a Research Professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science, Professor Emerita of the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Visiting Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Centre for Deaf Studies. Her work with Indigenous populations has been in the United States and globally, and has been related to systems development and change related to health/educational issues of individuals with hearing loss and their families.