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News and Announcements

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


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Joint General Meeting

Joint General Meeting

Growth Fund and Permanent Fund

September 29, 2014

Sky Ute Casino Event Center

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Stage I Fire Restrictions Rescinded





Ignacio, CO, July 14, 2014


Due to recent rain and high relative humidity, Stage I fire restrictions have been rescinded for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Although the threat of fast developing wildland fire has diminished, people are still asked to be very cautious and use common sense when encountering or using fire.


Lightning is forecast to continue throughout the area and residents are encouraged to follow appropriate lightning safety protocol.


Southern Ute Agency Fire Management personnel have responded to 24 wildland fires on the reservation to date.  The largest fire has been 1.0 acre as the rain and humidity have aided in keeping the fires small so far this season.


If you have any further questions, please contact Southern Ute Agency Fire Management at (970) 563-4571.



The Restrictions will be rescinded effective at 0:01 AM, July 16, 2014.

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.

Ignacio Roadwork To Begin After Fourth Of July Weekend

Construction to improve State Highway 172 in Ignacio, Colo., will start Monday, July 7. Improvements to the highway are expected to benefit not only motorists, but pedestrians as well.

The project is slated to be completed mid-October – long before the June 2015 grand opening of the new Growth Fund office building – and will help manage the influx of traffic expected to the area. Click Here to visit the Southern Ute Drum for the Full Article.

roadwork photo

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

Clement Frost elected chairman

Congratulations to Clement Frost, the new chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe! Mr. Frost was sworn in this morning in the Southern Ute Council Chambers after a certification of yesterday’s election results. He previously served as chairman of the tribe from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2005 to 2008.

Following his inauguration, Chairman Frost announced that Southern Ute Tribal Councilman Mel Baker will serve as his vice chairman and Michelle Olguin as his executive officer.

Chairman Frost will serve out the remainder of the term of the late Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr., which expires in November.

For more information, check out the story in The Southern Ute Drum.

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.