In the late 1980s and early 1990s some of the first Tibetans were able to settle in various areas throughout the United States under President Reagan's Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Today, Colorado is home to over 400 Tibetans.
The striking similarities between Tibet and Colorado’s beautiful mountains, high altitude, and vast clear skies drew many Tibetans to the Rocky Mountain Region. The first Tibetans to come to Colorado after the Chinese occupation in the 1950s have now lived in Colorado for over 30 years. Over the last 15 years, there has been a continual growth in Colorado's Tibetan community, as many learn of all the wonderful things Colorado has to offer.
In general, Colorado residents have shown a great interest in Tibetan religion and culture, and have always expressed their warm and welcoming spirit. Many have been eager to learn about the secular aspects of our culture, and we are always equally eager to continue developing ties with the broader community.
Founded in 1997, the Tibetan Association of Colorado (TAC) is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on serving diverse communities of all ethnicities and religions, fostering unity and promoting mutual understanding, cooperation and most importantly maintain Tibetan American identity.
The mission of TAC is to build bridges of understanding amongst all communities, as well as between people of eastern and western upbringings.
TAC maintains, preserves and promotes the interest, heritage, language, culture and history of Tibet within the community, and also shares our rich heritage with other communities in Colorado.
TAC Provides a forum for its members to meet and exchange views and foster a spirit of goodwill, understanding among all races, ethics and religion.
TAC Conducts several activities throughout the year that foster community interaction, provide entertainment, undertake community service and contribute towards building collective image and identity.