Salida, Colorado

Who We Are

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Chapter History

Chipeta Chapter, NSDAR, was organized January 21, 1978, in Salida, Colorado. The name of the chapter honors Colorado’s famous Indian woman who was born an Apache but raised as a Ute. Chipeta, whose name means “white singing bird,” married Chief Ouray at age 16 and was the only Ute woman permitted to sit in council. There is a concrete tepee that was erected in 1924 over a cold natural spring on the site of Chief Ouray and Chipeta’s homestead in Montrose, Colorado. The focus of Chipeta Chapter, NSDAR, is the preservation of American history and patriotism in the schools and in our community.

Spanish Territory

As our chapter’s location is in an area which was previously Spanish Territory, we would like to highlight contributions from Spain and her subjects that were made to the American Revolution’s cause.