LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT

President: Jim Bear Running Montoya | Vice President: Debbie Nelson

Bear Running Deb Nelson        Hello everyone, we have switched servers and have a new look to our website.  We would like to welcome Steve and Doris as new board members, Doris will be our acting Secretary and Steve our website designer.  There are several new features in our website that will make it easier to find different topics, and is more user friendly. Take a look into the Colorado Springs Indian Center's Library Page for an example of the new changes.
       Our annual operating budget runs about $6000.00 or higher per year, and we have been able to remain independent maintaining our operating expenses and insurance cost. At this time we are doing away with our regular newsletter. For those of you that would like a hard copy mailed to them, we can have them printed and mailed. The cost would be $5.00 per issue to cover the mailing and printing cost.
       We have experienced extraordinary growth at our center, thanks largely to our continued commitment to teamwork from our “Gathering of Spirits” drum group members. The members take pride in the group and embrace it as the lifeblood, and financial sustainability of the center. We have performed at several locations in the Colorado Springs area which include The Colorado International Tattoo show, Pikes Peak Center, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Canyon Winds Fifty piece band Trail of tears production, Fort Carson, Garden of the Gods, Territory Days, Manifest, Boy Scout ceremonies and many others.
       We are recognized by the IRS as a 501C non-profit. We are also recognized by The Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, and by the City and County for our involvement with the Ute trail reconstruction dedication ceremony.
       We run a safe camp and do not tolerate alcohol, drugs or people wanting to cause disturbances of any kind. It is our mission to bring unity to our American Indian, Alaska Native community, and the community at large, by fostering emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. We continually search for better ways to serve our members and the COMMUNITY.



The CSIC needs a new location

       In December 2012 we moved into 515 Manitou Ave suite 230. The Colorado Springs Indian Center was gracefully allowed to rent from Red Rock Realty. Our location at 515 Manitou Ave is part of the Manitou Art Center. When we first moved here, we were allowed to use Spencer Hall down stairs for our functions, pot lucks, membership meetings, and Christmas parties. The Gathering of Spirits Drum Group was also allowed to use the hall on Saturdays to practice.

       Within the last year, the manager has rented out Spencer Hall to a metal and wood shop. This didn't hurt the Gathering of Spirits because we could practice in our office. It did in fact prevent us from having functions for our members due to the large number. We are receiving new members every month throughout the year.

       I am writing this letter as the President of the Colorado Springs Indian Center. Our hopes are that someone will read the letter on our website and would wish to help the Colorado Springs Indian Center with providing a location. The best situation would be that they would be able to write off some of what it would cost to rent the building since we are a 501c3, and we would be able to pay some rent. We are looking for a building in the Colorado Springs area. We would appreciate your help so we can continue to serve the Colorado Springs and El Paso County area. We perform with our drum for different organizations and events. We also go to Schools and Military bases.

Thank You.

You can contact us at (719) 599-8630 or
515 Manitou Ave Suite 230 Manitou Springs 80829


Jim Bear Running Montoya
President,
Colorado Springs Indian Center



Current CSIC Princess

       The current Colorado Springs Indian Center Princess is Geri Montoya. Geri is Navajo, Apache, and Lakota. Images of the current CSIC Princess can be found in the PHOTO Gallery.



Under Construction

       The Colorado Springs Indian Center website will be under construction for a while so please enjoy the changes and forgive us for any inconvenience. The new Library Page is a growing collection of outstanding links, articles, and videos dealing with everything from Native American Arts to the deep history and culture of the Native American Indian. The new PHOTO Gallery is an interactive viewing experience that showcases images from the drum group, "Gathering of Spirits". It also features events that the CSIC has attended or sponsored.

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