Westword: Ute tribes back ouster of Navajo woman from post

"The e-mails were flying before last Wednesday's Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs meeting, which had one agenda item: the dismissal of executive secretary Carol Harvey, who'd been on the job since March 2010 and was let go in early November. But during that conference-call meeting, two Colorado tribal leaders agreed with the action of Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia, and told him to move forward with hiring Harvey's replacement.

Harvey is from the Dine, or Navajo, nation, and not Ute Mountain Ute (Ernest House, who passed away in September, was the leader of that tribe) or Southern Ute -- the only tribes based in Colorado. Some have speculated that's the reason for her ouster. Garcia would not go into any specifics during the meeting, citing the possibility of litigation -- and since Harvey's also an attorney, it's a good guess that a case is coming Colorado's way."

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Patricia Calhoun: Wake-Up Call: Carol Harvey dismissal: Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs looking for her replacement (Westword 11/21)

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