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News and Announcements

For complete Southern Ute Tribe news and event coverage, visit the Southern Ute Drum website.


The Election Board has determined these are the dates for the upcoming 2015 Special Election, according to the Constitution and Election Code. Click the link below for more information.

2015 Special Election Dates and Deadlines

Free Legal Self Help Clinic


Latest CDC Ebola Information

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Laguna Hunt Opportunity


Tribal Member Sales Tax Exemption

The State of Colorado recently enacted a law codifying a longstanding policy that the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, members of either tribe, and tribal and tribal member business entities are exempt from sales and use taxes under certain conditions. House Bill 14-1080 (May 30, 2014; to be codified at C.R.S. § 39-26-727. Under the new Colorado statute, all sales of tangible personal property or services to an enrolled member of either tribe are exempt from sales and use tax (1) if the vendor is located on the one of the Colorado Ute Indian reservations or (2) if the vendor is not located on a reservation but the property or service is delivered on one of the reservations.

For purchases of motor vehicles, all sales are exempt from tax if the motor vehicle is purchased by a tribal member who resides on a reservation and the vehicle will be registered to an address on a reservation. There is no requirement that a vehicle be delivered to either reservation for the exemption to apply. Instead, a vendor may rely on a tribal member’s certification of his or her enrolled membership status and residence address.

The Tribe has prepared a form, available on the Tribe’s website, for tribal members to sign and deliver to auto dealerships to certify tax exemption eligibility.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes, please contact either tribal attorney Sam W. Maynes at (970) 247-1755 or Monte Mills, Director of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Legal Department, at (970) 563-0100 ext. 2140.

Click Here to download the Colorado Sales and Use Tax Form for Tribal Members.

Click Here to download the Colorado Motor Vehicle Purchase Form for Tribal Members.

Culture Department seeks original Ute artwork

Attention tribal-member artists: The Culture Department is seeking three works of art that represent the culture of the Utes. Artwork can be any medium; must be in full color. Can be of wildlife (e.g. elk, deer, bears, horses).  Landscapes are also needed (e.g. mountains, rivers).

Artwork must be original and signed by the artist.  Tribal member artists only; chosen artwork will become the property of the Culture Department, and the artists will receive a cash payment. Artwork must measure 10 1/2” by 13 1/2”.

For more information, please contact Joycelyn Dutchie at 970-563-4802 or

Seeking Foster Homes

The Southern Ute Division of Social Services is Seeking Foster Home for Tribal Children

You can make a difference in a child life, when YOU become a Foster care provider. A child will never forget you when you reach out and show that LOVE and CARING help

Remember, it takes a village to raise a child. Let’s come together and OPEN our HOME, our HEART and provide a safe home for the Children in the community in time of their crisis

When we become a foster parent we are keeping our heritage and our traditional values Live on through our Tribal children for the future generation to come

A story of young lady

When I was 6 years old, my aunt took me into her family home and raised me along with her own children.  She was not rich, but she had a heart and love to share with me.  She was the most caring and kind person. If it was not for her, I don’t where I would be now. I am thankful that my aunt stepped forward to provide me with a SAFE HOME and LOVE. She allowed me keep me connected- to my heritage and tradition.

Contact: Southern Ute Indian Division of Social Services

116 Capote Drive

Ignacio, Colorado 81137

Kathryn Jacket, Foster Care Coordinator

(970) 563-0209 ext. 2328

Boys and Girls Club Board Opening

Boys and Girls Club Board Opening

Press Release – Southern Ute Indian Tribal Chairman Walks On

Jimmy R. Newton, Jr.

Jimmy R. Newton, Jr.

Ignacio, CO., April 1, 2014: With deep sadness, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe announced today that Chairman Jimmy R. Newton, Jr., Chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council, who was also a former Vice-Chairman and a former Tribal Council member, passed away following a recent illness. The Tribal Council is stunned and grief-stricken at the passing of their young leader and expressed their support for his wife, daughter, and family.

“Chairman Newton served this Tribe and its members for over a decade. He dedicated his career to helping his fellow Tribal Council and all enrolled members of the Tribe,” said Vice-Chairman James M.  Olguin, “his passing leaves us without our veteran leader and with a huge hole in the heart of all who worked with or knew him.”

Under the Tribe’s constitution, a special election will be called within 60 days to fill the vacancy in the office of the Chairman and, until then, the Vice-Chairman will exercise the authority of the Chairman’s office. “We will mourn Chairman Newton but we will also honor him, his leadership, and his legacy by continuing our hard work to strengthen our Tribe and support our members,” said Vice-Chairman Olguin.

Link to Jimmy R. Newton Jr. Obituary.

SUPD VIN Inspections

SUPD Shield LogoEffective Immediately the Southern Ute Police Department will adhere to the following protocols when conducting VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) Inspections.

All VIN Inspections will be conducted at the Southern Ute Police Department Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, excluding Holidays observed by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. When VIN Inspections are requested by Tribal Elders, Officers will still continue to respond to their residence or other desired location during the above dates and times.

The Southern Ute Police Department will provide VIN Inspections to Southern Ute Tribal Members free of charge; all other requesting parties will be required to pay a $10.00 fee at the time the inspection is conducted. All VIN Inspection fees will be paid at the Southern Ute Police Department front desk. For more information or to request a VIN Inspection, please contact SUPD at (970) 563-0246.

Chief Raymond Coriz Jr.