INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
AN ANNUAL TRADITION
Led by Peter Pino & Art Goodtimes in Hopes of a Reconciliation
Indigenous Peoples Day is a program to begin the process of cultural healing and education that can lead us to a true reconciliation between Native-Americans and Euro-American. The event coincides with a free program at Telluride Museum and two Ute Youth Ski Days are in planning among the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, TI and the Telluride Ski & Golf.
Peter Pino is a former Governor and War Chief of the Pueblo of Zia. He has a BS in Electronics (1970), a BA in Industrial Arts (1972) from New Mexico Highlands University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (1975) from the University of New Mexico. From 1977-2014, Peter served as the Pueblo of Zia Tribal Administrator and Treasurer. He is a traditional spiritual leader, holding a lifetime appointment as one of the tribe’s Keeper of Songs. He is also a traditional craftsman who tans deer hides and makes moccasins, bows, arrows, digging sticks, rabbit sticks, rock art and bone tools, using the same techniques employed by his Puebloan ancestors. His archaeological interests have led him to committee and board commitments with Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and Mesa Verde National Park. He is also the first Native American to serve as a Commissioner for the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission, appointed by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson; his term ended in January 2007.
During his tenure as Tribal Administrator Peter presided over the return of more than 56,000 acres of Zia Pueblo Tribal Ancestral Lands re-incorporated back into Pueblo Trust lands from various federal, state, local and private agencies. He was also instrumental in establishing the Ojito Wilderness in conjunction with the U.S. Congress (2005) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (2012).
The CCIA is a twenty-five member commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. Lynne and comprised of both Ute Tribes, their appointees and several state department representatives and ex-officio members. Ernest also represents the CCIA at various federal, state, and local public policy meetings and provides legislative and government-related information to community stakeholders.
Started by San Miguel County in 2016, Indigenous Peoples Day is being provided county funding to match private funding raised by the Telluride Institute and is delegating administrative responsibilities to the Institute this year, in cooperation with the Telluride Historical Museum’s providing a venue.