Celebrating MLK in Leadville Today
Walking as One
Reflecting on History and Seeking Wisdom in a New Year
By Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, President, Colorado Mountain College
For many, one of the great outcomes of the pandemic is the reawakening of gratitude in our daily lives. This is certainly true for Colorado Mountain College. During this extraordinary time, our team at CMC deeply appreciates the kindness and resiliency of our communities and the significance of the transformative endowments bestowed upon our institution.
Colorado Mountain College routinely recognizes the generosity of pioneering visionaries who established the college decades ago. These intrepid individuals and the communities in which they lived gave CMC tremendous physical and financial resources to build an authentic, mission-focused institution designed to ensure that the residents of a rugged and remote swath of Colorado have access to post-secondary education, workforce training, lifelong learning and forums for rich dialogue and debate.
Throughout its history, CMC has had many occasions to honor those who made the college possible and the impact they have had on hundreds of thousands of students who have passed through our doors. We are truly grateful. And yet, the pandemic has further exposed certain communities in America that are too often overlooked, marginalized and under-appreciated.
As an institution with a purpose to instill wisdom and knowledge, CMC has a responsibility to not only honor those who shaped our immediate history, but also to accurately acknowledge ancient forebears who cherished the lands on which CMC now operates – long before ranchers and miners journeyed west, before Colorado was even a state, and before Spanish explorers first arrived in our region.
For thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans in the 1600s, bands of indigenous people inhabited western Colorado. To the Ute people, the mountains, valleys and rivers here were sacred and life-enabling places. Importantly, the Ute people never believed they “owned” the land. Rather, these historically nomadic people were “of the land.” Like the birds, animals and fish, they benefitted from bountiful air, water, sunshine and soil in our region.
CMC hasn’t adequately appreciated the heritage, legacy and wisdom of the Ute peoples, nor sufficiently created space to understand and dignify their traditions, recognize their influences on the regions we love, and appreciate their perspectives on stewardship and living in harmony with the natural world long before the college existed.
Colleges and universities around the country have been offering pro-forma “land acknowledgements” in various forms in recent years. These affirmations are often mentioned in speeches or on websites or appear as plaques on buildings or designated areas on campuses to recognize aboriginal groups who occupied a place or geographic area. CMC is no different.
These are fundamental and sincere gestures, but they are symbolic only. Looking ahead, it is important to contemplate, “Can we do more?”
Can we correct historical omissions, more accurately describe the story of our region and recognize the very real implications of cultural marginalization, particularly those events that preceded the current generation? Can we open our minds to invite indigenous perspectives to shape and inform the college’s future? Can we more authentically engage an enduring dialogue to appreciate stewardship of our lands and manage them in ways that honor native traditions and people? Most important, can we meaningfully repair past injustices?
To explore these questions, and ones that have not yet been asked or contemplated, Colorado Mountain College will embark upon a yearlong journey of learning and growth. On Monday, January 17, 2022, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, CMC has invited Ernest House, Jr., senior policy director at the Keystone Policy Center and member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado, to help the CMC community frame and initiate our path forward.
Dr. King once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” For CMC, it matters that we accurately understand the past. It matters that we manage our lands in ways that respect the traditions and expectations that preceded the college. And it matters that we teach our students to recognize and reflect upon injustice and give them tools to do something about it.
A Native American proverb, often attributed to the Utes, says, “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.” All are invited to join our MLK Jr. Day discussion with Mr. House and walk beside the college’s faculty, staff and students so that we may all experience the journey as one. For more information about this public Zoom event, go to https://colomtn.me/MLKevent.
Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser is President & CEO of Colorado Mountain College. She can be reached at email@example.com or @CMCPresident.
CMC Celebrates MLK on Monday
MLK Day will be celebrated with a special presentation and discussion sponsored by Colorado Mountain College on Monday, January 17, 2022. “Beyond Acknowledgements: Understanding CMC’s Land Heritage and Seeding the Future,” will be a virtual discussion with Ernest House, Jr., Senior Policy Director at the Keystone Policy as the college celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and discusses the intersection of CMC and surrounding indigenous homelands. The public is invited to the webinar, along with CMC faculty and staff. Online via Zoom TO BE RECORDED.
House, a member of the Ute Mountain Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado, and former Executive Director, Commission of Indian Affairs, has extensive experience in Colorado maintaining government-to-government relationships with tribal governments and organizations. The event schedule is as follows:
- 11 a.m. Welcome: Achieving Historical Perspectives on Indigenous Homelands (Carrie Besnette Hauser, CMC President & CEO. Overview of MLK Week (Jeremiah Johnson, Assistant Dean of Instruction). Introduction of Ernest House, Jr., and Associate Professor Patrick Staib (Matt Gianneschi, CMC Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff)
- 11:10 a.m. – Keynote Presentation and Discussion (Ernest House, Jr., and Patrick Staib)
- 12:05 p.m. – Questions from Audience via Chat (Jeremiah Johnson & Kevin Williams, Assistant Deans of Instruction)
- 12:25 p.m. – Closing Remarks (Carrie Besnette Hauser)
The Tipping Point of Historic Privy
News From the High School
By Erin Dillon, LCHS Interim Principal, LCSD, January 14, 2022
Dear LCHS Parents & Caregivers,
We are about to head into the 3rd week of the new semester. Students and teachers are working really hard to start the New Year strong. Thank-you for what you are doing at home to support your child’s learning at school.
We have had a lot of students out due to quarantine or other illnesses. It’s important that if your child(ren) are absent for any reason, they do their best to keep up with their school work from home. Your child should have a Google Classroom for each of their classes. Directions for what students should complete from home are in the “Stream”. The materials and assignments are under “Classwork”. Any and all graded assignments will be posted there for students to complete. Also, actively monitor your child’s School Runner account to see their grades and reach out to their crew leader if you have any questions.
Additionally, at school, we will continuously reevaluate our safety practices. For this next week, we will continue holding virtual community meetings by streaming into crew classrooms, and we’ll keep our flexible assigned seating during lunch. All other safety practices will remain in place. Much of our school community has been taking advantage of the free rapid COVID testing we are offering. Unfortunately, we do not have an endless supply. We will have to start limiting testing to individuals 3-5 days after their exposure or if they are showing symptoms.
Also, consider taking advantage of one of these resources:
- Order a free COVID Testing Kit for at home: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home
- Make an appointment for drive-through testing at the Medical Clinic Mon-Fri. Call 719-486-0230.
Finally, I wanted to remind the families of our 9th and 10th grade students that we have a closed campus lunch. If your child is in the 9th or 10th grade, they cannot leave at lunchtime unless you come into the building and pick them up. They cannot leave with anyone of than adults on their approved pick-up list that was completed at registration.
We’re living through an unpresented and pivotal time in education. It’s essential that we work together to support the learning and development of our children. Please reach out if you have questions or you’d like to get involved. We appreciate you!
This Week’s Schedule: The is no school on Monday, January 17th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We WILL have school on Friday, January 21st.
Substitutes Needed: Want to invest in our school community and give back? One of our biggest needs is subbing. We need substitutes district wide, but especially at the high school level. If you are interested in subbing, please complete and submit this application or reach out to Bunny Taylor at 719-486-6805 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Project Dream Announcement: Over the course of the semester, Project Dream will be conducting fire and lockdown drills during after school programs. Reference the schedule below to know the days drills will be taking place. All drills will run at 4:30 p.m. On these days, please wait until at least 5 p.m. to pick up your students from after school programs so that they may fully participate in the drills.
- February 10th: Fire Drill at LCES
- February 17th: Lockdown Drill District-Wide
- February 22nd: Fire Drill at LCHS
- February 23rd: Fire Drill at LCIS
NAEP Testing, 8th Grade ONLY, February 2nd: LCHS has been selected by The National Center for Education Statistics to participate in a national standardized assessment. This assessment will be given to a group of randomly selected group of 8th graders on Wednesday, February 2nd. If your child is in the 8th grade, please reach the attached details regarding this assessment and reach out to us if you have any questions. NAEP Letter-English NAEP Letter-Spanish
Response to Federico Field Story
Leadville Today received quite a bit of feedback regarding the story Flag On The Play: Federico Field. Most of those comments can be read on the LT Facebook Page. However, the following first-person account came in via email and it is shared here in its entirety:
By Steve Brownlee, Lake County High School Alum
Steve Brownlee, Panther All-Conference Left tackle turned head coach and recently retired football referee. 33 years in the sport, and it all started on the now-forgotten Federico Field.
Heavy Traffic for MLK Weekend
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to anticipate heavier than normal traffic along Interstate 70 west of Denver and on other mountain highways for the next few days, as people hit the road over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
Last year’s MLK weekend vehicles counts at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels were as follows:
|Friday, Jan. 15||27,583||18,255||45,838|
|Saturday, Jan. 16||21,857||18,243||40,100|
|Sunday, Jan. 17||18,097||23,363||41,460|
|Monday, Jan. 18||16,482||25,151||41,633|
Following the holiday, traffic numbers are expected to remain high through mid-April due to increased snow amounts and additional travel opportunities over the Presidents Day weekend and spring break.
Road conditions can change quickly at this time of year. Drivers can receive updated road and weather information by calling 511 or by checking www.cotrip.org. Specific information regarding Interstate 70 also is available at: www.GoI70.com.
A transit alternative is available to those traveling to Loveland Ski Area, A-Basin, Copper Mountain and Steamboat Springs. Snowstang is offering a two-for-one roundtrip ticketing option through February. Buy one full-fare ticket and take someone along at no cost. An adult fare is $25 to Loveland, A-Basin and Copper Mountain, and $40 to Steamboat Springs. Children 2 to 11 years old ride free traveling with an adult. Please note all riders must be booked on the reservation at the time of booking. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: ridebustang.com