Denver Indian Center Inc.

About Us

Serving the Denver American Indian & Alaska Native Community for over 50 years

About the Denver Indian Center

Serving the American Indian & Alaska Native Community for over 50 years

The Denver Indian Center Inc. (DICI) is an urban cultural gathering center for the American Indian and Alaska Native community of the Denver Metro area. Incorporated in 1983 to meet the unique needs and challenges facing the of the Native community, the DICI supports our Native youth and community by providing guidance for economic empowerment and self-reliance programs that empower families and honor our elders, and by offering a space where Native culture can be preserved and celebrated.

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​Together, we strive to create a new way of doing things “The way it should be…”

What We Do

Our Programs

At the Denver Indian Center, there are many supportive programs dedicated to assisting members of the American Indian and Alaska Native community in reaching their full potential.

Food Bank

Helping feed our Relatives of Denver

The Denver Indian Center’s food bank served over 12,000 people last year. The Denver Indian Center is a proud partner of Food Bank for the Rockies and offers food assistance programs: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TFAP) for those in need once a month and our Commodities For Seniors (+60) Food Program (CS). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

COVID Native Response Team

Helping you cope during the pandemic

The COVID-19 Native Response Team provides community-based crisis counseling and support to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and may be experiencing distress, anxiety, worry, hopelessness or need additional support to cope with the current pandemic.

Honoring Fatherhood Program

Generations of Native men making a difference tied together by tradition & building future generations of fathers

The Honoring Fatherhood Program (HFP) equips and encourages fathers to live with integrity and purpose to strengthen their families and communities.

Native Workforce Program

The workforce of Indian Country

Native Workforce Program (NWP) at the DICI has been providing career services since 1970, serving thousands of individuals over the years with referrals, job placements, resume and skill-building workshops, job and career pathway counseling, career assessments and GED educational assistance.

Community Services

Providing a safe space for the Denver community

At the Denver Indian Center, we provide safe spaces and services for our community.

  • Monthly lunches and services for Elders
  • Utility & Energy Assistance
  • Cultural Activities and Language Classes
  • Youth Programming
  • Community Events

Who We Are

Our Staff

Meet the support specialists, managers and staff members who assist and empower community members.

Rick Waters

Executive Director

Rick Waters (Kiowa and Cherokee)

For over 40 years, Rick has been actively involved in advocating on behalf of the American Indian community through both his professional and personal life. From supporting higher education opportunities for Native students at the University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Phoenix and the American Indian College Fund, to helping serve the Native community in the Denver Front Range area through his work at the Denver Indian Center, Rick has dedicated his life to Indian Country.   In promoting self-determination and self-reliance, Rick points to the importance of the family and the roles each member is responsible, while taking into account traditional Native American beliefs and values.  Originally from Oklahoma, Rick has lived in Colorado since 1984 and is married with 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.  

Steve Revello

Executive Director / HFP Program Manager

Steve ReVello currently coordinates and manages the Honoring Fatherhood team while providing guidance for all aspects of facilities and finance as the Co-Director. Steve is a qualified manager and holds the Master of Social Sciences degree from University of Colorado at Denver; he also and holds a valid school administrator’s license in the state of Colorado. Steve is no stranger to education and social services and has spent more than twenty years leading educational and social services institutions in the metro Denver area. Steve believes that individual choices are enhanced by cultural values and education.

Lily Boyce

Child/Family Specialist – COVID Native Response Team

Steve ReVello currently coordinates and manages the Honoring Fatherhood team while providing guidance for all aspects of facilities and finance as the Co-Director. Steve is a qualified manager and holds the Master of Social Sciences degree from University of Colorado at Denver; he also and holds a valid school administrator’s license in the state of Colorado. Steve is no stranger to education and social services and has spent more than twenty years leading educational and social services institutions in the metro Denver area. Steve believes that individual choices are enhanced by cultural values and education.

Sully Coronado

Career Guidance Specialist – Native Workforce Program

Sully Coronado received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. After graduation, Sully worked for the Inglewood Public School system out in California. A few years later, she relocated back to Colorado and pursued a change in her career path as a Career Services Advisor. Now, Sully is a Career Guidance Specialist in the Native Workforce Program and is looking forward to working and learning more about the Native American community.
Ryan Goetzl

Program Manager – Native Workforce Program

Ryan Goetzl received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Iowa State University. After graduation, he worked with individuals who had various mental disorders and behavioral issues for a company utilizing Community Integration Therapy. He later got accepted into the Master’s program for Performance Psychology at the University of Denver. After graduation, Ryan worked in a Career Services role with Lincoln College of Technology. Ryan is now the Native Workforce Program manager and enjoys helping the Native community in reaching their career goals.
Megan Horsman

Program Support Specialist

Megan Horsman is the Program Support Specialist at the Denver Indian Center.

Jake Lamping
Facility Supervisor/Food Bank Manager

Jake Lamping is the Facility Supervisor and Food Bank Manager at the Denver Indian Center,

Jamal Long Soldier

Career Guidance Specialist – Native Workforce Program

Jamal Long Soldier is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from South Dakota. Jamal received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Sociology and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Denver–Daniels School of Business. Jamal was previously an Active Duty Officer in the US Army working in training and operations, logistics, and human resources strength and talent management; he currently serves in the Army Reserve as a Logistics Officer. Jamal is excited for the opportunity to serve the Native community as a Career Guidance Specialist.

Madonna Rogers

Receptionist

Madonna Rogers is the receptionist at the Denver Indian Center.

Frances Ruiz

Program Support Specialist

Frances Ruiz is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and Spanish. Frances attended the University of Denver Women’s College and Red Rocks Community College and obtained her certificate in Non-Profit Pathways. She’s previously worked with DICI’s sister organization Denver Indian Health and Family Services. As a Program Support Specialist, Frances supports all DICI programs with their day-to-day operations and marketing. Frances also works closely with the Staff Accountant and two Co-Executive Directors with their respective responsibilities.

Micki Wildcat

Elder’s Specialist – COVID Native Response Team

Micki Wildcat is the Elder’s Specialist for the COVID Native Response team at the Denver Indian Center.

David Wright

Relationship Guidance Specialist – Honoring Fatherhood Program

David Wright graduated from Adams State University where he earned his Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado. David is passionate about serving his community and has worked in the past to support at-risk youth in the Denver metro area, refugee populations, and the Native American community. David’s work is centered on the holistic approach of supporting the academic, cultural, social and spiritual needs of the community and currently works as a Relationship Guidance Specialist for the Honoring Fatherhood Program.

Mekete Sugebo

Finances