By Lindsay Box
Southern Ute Tribal Council
A new year will bring new signs throughout the tribal campus to improve the security of the tribal buildings. The security committee, established in 2013, strives to ensure the protection of tribal properties and employees throughout the Permanent Fund tribal campus. Installation of new surveillance signs will be posted at the entrance of each tribal property.
Priorities have been placed on ensuring safety as well as reducing expenses for the Permanent Fund. Throughout the last 3 years, the security committee has upgraded the security systems in the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy, Sun Ute Community Center, as well as the Justice & Regulatory, Leonard C. Burch, and Education buildings. The upgrades include a common system for alarms, badge readers, and cameras.
The next phase of this project will begin in January. The entrance of each tribal property throughout the Permanent Fund tribal campus and the Casino will now have a sign informing visitors of surveillance cameras in use. Kathi Gurule, Emergency & Risk Manager, stated, “This is a proactive measure taken by the security committee after discovering that there were different security measures for each building upon their construction and completion.” Upgrading each building with the same security measures cuts costs, while simplifying the response protocols.
The project is expected to be completed in the month of January with the exception of Lake Capote and the Youth Camp, which will occur in the Spring.