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About us

Join Us!

September  2024

28th & 29th

10AM to 5PM


Lakewood United Methodist Church

1390 Brentwood St Lakewood, CO 80214

OUR MISSION: DAIF is committed to creating a space in our community that fosters stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of Native American descent. We strive to include all people regardless of their race, color, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical abilities, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or criminal history, in our endeavors to bring recognition and understanding of Native peoples of the Americas. Celebrating diverse tribes, each with a distinctive history, culture, and language, and each who is integral to the vibrant, historical, and cultural landscape of our country.

OUR Vision: To share the American Indian culture in ways that build bridges of mutual understanding and support. To create spaces that educate and foster respect, cultural appreciation, and celebration of our culture  Then add only this The Denver American Indian Festival is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization founded and created by Colorado Native American community members. Our organization strives to educate, celebrate, preserve, and protect the traditional cultural traditions and performing arts of the American Indian people. We accomplish this by hosting educational and cultural events throughout the year including the annual Denver American Indian Festival. Each year this free and family-friendly event is held the last week in September. Since 2014, it has welcomed over 20,000 people and over 81 tribal representatives.

Our Board Members  

Chief Operating Officer-Carrie Howell (Pawnee Flandreau Sioux) | President- Lynne Holman (Cherokee)

Treasurer- Sue Clem | Secretary-Victoria Morales (Turtle Mtn Chippewa)

Board Members- Susie Silversmith (Dine'), Jodi Di Renzo (Cherokee), and Gwen Ahlers (Cherokee)

Our Partners 

The Denver American Indian Festival is very fortunate to partner with the following organizations to enhance our cultural offerings to the community each year.

Happy Kids with Books

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

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