PUEBLO, Colo. -

A government civilian worker assigned to the Pueblo Chemical Depot participated in the White House 2012 Tribal Nations Conference in Washington D.C. Wednesday morning as a Color Guard at the Opening and Closing Ceremony.

Ms. Mitchelene “Mitch” Big Man, an Administrative Assistant for the Base Operations Directorate, Security and Law Enforcement Division, is a founding member of Native American Women Warriors, who perform Color Guard Duties in Native American Regalia. The Group has performed throughout the United States and twice at the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade.

President Barak Obama and other Administration Officials, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, participated in the conference.

Big Man is a member of the Crow Nation and served two tours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. She identified a need for those women returning home and created a non-profit organization to find resourcing assistance programs for Native American women veterans on reservations and urban districts needing health, education and employment assistance.

Big Man is married to Dwayne Cyrus. They reside in Pueblo West and are parents of five children and one grandchild.