About the Curator
A Colorado Native from Rifle Colorado, her Grandparents migrated from Arkansas to Colorado in the late 1800’s and built many of buildings on Main Street in Rifle. Her paternal connections, are all members of the Cherokee Nation, who came across the Trail of Tears to allotted land in Adair, Oklahoma. Mrs Holman is also a registered member of the Western Band Cherokees. Mrs. Holman is a retired nurse with 42 years of experience with advanced professional certificates.
She is one of the Founding Members of the Colorado Cherokee Circle which was established about 25 years ago for the purpose of preserving our language and culture. It was this venture which lead her support, plan, and implement The Denver American Indian Festival. Mrs. Holman has been honored by the Cherokee Nation as Colorado Elder of the Year, and was cited as a 7 Everyday Hero for her continuing work for Native American cultural, educational, and cross cultural opportunities for understanding.
She is currently overseeing the First Nations Foundation which will exponentially expand cultural, advocacy, and philanthropic endeavors in the Adams County Community. When not working Mrs. Holman enjoys spending time with her husband, grandchildren and adult children whom all live in Colorado.