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Southern Ute Indian Tribe welcomes Melvin J. Baker to fourth term on Tribal Council


Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2018 – 09:15 A.M.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe welcomes Melvin J. Baker to fourth term on Tribal Council

Southern Ute Reservation – The Southern Ute Election Board confirmed the certification of votes, declaring Mr. Melvin J. Baker as the candidate receiving the highest number of votes. Baker, sworn-in to office this morning, will be serving his fourth term on Tribal Council.

“I am looking forward to learning what has changed since I left office in December 2016. I welcome the challenge and am excited to work with the sitting Tribal Council,” affirmed Mr. Baker.

Mr. Baker retired from political service after his third term and after a total of seven and half years advocating for the tribal membership. After retirement, Mr. Baker spent many hours devoted to his farm but felt compelled to run for this Special Election.

“Mr. Baker has a lot of valuable history he gained while in office and I am positive it will benefit the entire Council and our direction,” declared Chairman Christine Sage.


Council Member Alex S. Cloud announces resignation

Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2018 – 3:20 P.M.

Council Member Alex S. Cloud announces resignation

Southern Ute Reservation – After eight and a half years, Council Member Alex S. Cloud announced his resignation effective 05:00 PM, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

“It has been my great honor to serve on the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council. I have had the pleasure to work with Tribal Council Members that demonstrated true leadership, vision, and selfless dedication. Regretfully I find it in my best interest to resign my seat to address my personal affairs,” stated Cloud.
Council Member Cloud detailed a vision of greatest success for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Tribal Council.

“I would like to thank Council Member Cloud for his tireless contributions towards the progress of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. As a Council, we support his decision to resign and wish him the best,” declared Chairman Christine Sage.


SUPD-Drug Take Back Day – April 28, 2018

Tribal Housing Now Accepting Applications

Please read the flyer below for more information on the new Tribal Housing Townhomes for rent.

New Cedar Point Townhomes For Rent

Memorial Day 2018 – Honoring All Who Served

Bear Dance Workshop – May 10, 2018

CR 517 New Traffic Signal Notice

Please read the attached file for the new traffic signal notice at the CR 517 intersection starting April 17th.

CR 517-SH 172 Traffic Signal Operational

Color Run – April 25, 2018

Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow – May 25-26, 2018

45-Day Notice of Availability – Southern Ute Tribal Members Only

Museum Meet & Greet Open House

Town Homes Available for Rental this Summer – Cedar Point

Attention Agricultural Land Managers

Attention Agricultural Land Managers:

The Water Quality Program for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe is now accepting applications for use of gated pipe acquired by the Tribe’s Cost-Share Program.  The Cost-Share Program is aimed at land managers within the exterior boundaries of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation on the Animas, Florida and Pine watersheds who are interested in implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) for more efficient irrigation and/or riparian protection/improvements.  Specifically, the Cost-Share Program has acquired approximately 560 linear feet of 8-inch diameter gated pipe.  The pipe was purchased in 2010, but has not been used.  The Cost-Share Program makes no warranty of the quality or condition of the pipe.  The selected Cost-Share participant would be expected to pick up, haul, and install the pipe without assistance from the Cost-Share Program prior to the onset of the 2018 irrigation season.  The Cost-Share Program would retain ownership of the pipe, and the selected applicant would be expected to use the equipment for a period of five years.  After five years the participant would become the owner of the equipment.  These details would be outlined in a legal contract the participant would be expected to sign. Preference will be given to applicants that will use the pipe to replace less efficient flood irrigation and/or replace existing gate pipe that was installed for that purpose.  Please contact project coordinator Tim Funk at 970-563-2272 or if you would like an application.  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on March 23, 2018.

98th Annual Southern Ute Fair: Theme and Art Work Contest