Karen Wilde, Board of Trustees, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Ms. Karen Wilde is the Cultural Liaison/Interpreter for the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, National Park Service.  The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is located in Eads, Colorado.  The primary responsibility of the Cultural Liaison is assist the Park management teams engage in consultation and information sharing between the park and the Tribes of the Cheyenne and Arapaho. Karen has vast experience in partnering with state, federal and tribal governments.  She has served as Tribal Partnership Specialist for the Denver Regional Census Center and previously as Project Coordinator for the Indian Health Service Coordinating Center at University of Colorado at Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus.  In these two pivotal positions, she collaborated with urban American Indians, rural and reservation tribes on education and planning, including across Alaska.  Her experience with consultation and government-to-government relationships evolved during the nine years she spent at the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in the executive branch of the State of Colorado.

Karen is proud of her Muscogee (Creek) and Pawnee Nation heritage, is a first generation college degreed individual with a B.S. in Business Administration and holds a paralegal certificate.  She has presented at the national, state and local levels at various conferences, workshops and seminars, and she volunteers on an assortment of Boards and commissions such as the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees, Aurora Historic Preservation Commission, Denver Indian Family Resource Center, and the Native American Cancer Research Association.

Ms. Wilde’s awards include Women’s Leadership Day in the City & County of Denver, Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, Stephen B. Hart Award-Colorado Historical Society, and American Indian Educator Award-Native American Resource Group (Denver Museum of Nature & Science).

Governor Bill Ritter appointed Karen Wilde, a Democrat, to her second term on the Board of Trustees ending December 31, 2016.