Ernest House, Jr.

Ernest House, Jr.

Senior Policy Director

Keystone Policy Center

Denver, CO USA

Always find a way to go back home—whatever home is, whatever you define home as, whatever centers you and brings you back.


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Ernest House, Jr.


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in a tribal leadership family—my father was a longtime tribal leader for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and my great-grandfather was the last hereditary chief of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
The things we’re still fighting for—hunting rights, fishing rights, and water rights—were instilled in me from a young age.
At 23 years old, I became the executive director for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs.
As executive director, I served as the official liaison between the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe, and the State of Colorado.
I spent 12 years with the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs before joining Keystone Policy Center as the senior policy director.


High School


Senior Policy Director

I work with stakeholders in the areas of tribal consultation, energy, healthcare, and education.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I recommend starting with internship opportunities in public policy. Internships are a great way to get first-hand experience working in the field so that you can decide if it's right for you or not. I think it's better to gain some experience and figure out what path is the best fit before committing to something like law school.


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Oh, they sent the intern to this meeting."