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News and Announcements

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SunUte Closed Friday

Wildlife Advisory Board

County Road 517 Re-Construction

Public Service Announcement
County Road 517 / State Highway 172 Road Re-construction
Extended One Way Traffic

La Plata County, Crossfire and the Tribe’s Construction & Project Management team are preparing to move to the next phase of the CR 517 Road Re-construction, which will require an extended period of one-way only traffic on the southern portion of the project from SH 172 to roughly Ute Road. We anticipate that this portion of the project will require roughly 3 to 4 weeks of one way traffic to complete. Roads will be returned to two way status at the end of each day and over the weekends when work is not in progress. We strongly advise that CR 517 be avoided if possible. Contact C&PM at (970) 563-0138 for more information. See attached map for additional information on closures.

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Tribal Member Meeting

Southern Ute Tribal Fair

Fire Crews to begin Firing Operations on Lightning Strike in HD Mountains

San Juan National Forest
15 Burnett Ct.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-4874

Fire Crews to begin Firing Operations on Lightning Strike in HD Mountains

Firing operations are tentatively planned for later today for expansion of the perimeter of a small lightning-caused wildfire in the HD Mountains to improve forest health and reduce future wildfire danger. The 842 Fire, now at 13 acres, is smoldering and creeping on the surface about 13 miles southeast of Bayfield between the drainages of Turkey Creek and Bull Creek.

“Firefighters will be using drip torches working to expand the perimeter of the fire within the predetermined containment lines,” said Lance Martin Type III Incident Commander. “Exact timing of the firing operations will depend upon weather conditions and fuel moistures.”

Fire crews onsite include a Type II initial attack crew from Wyoming and local crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Upper Pine Fire District and Durango Fire Department. After firing operations take place, smoke may settle overnight to the south along the Piedra River and Colorado Highway 151. The firing operations will be used to guide the fire’s growth away from populated areas so it can play its natural role in the forest. To minimize any impacts to remote archaeological sites, existing roads, trails and natural barriers will be used as containment lines instead of building fire breaks.

For more information, please contact the Columbine District Office at 970 884-2512.

Southern Ute Royalty Pageant

Thompson Tenders Resignation


Clement J. Frost, Chairman – 970.563.0100


Thompson tenders resignation

The Southern Ute Indian Reservation – Councilman Tyson Thompson has tendered his resignation to the Southern Ute Tribal Chairman, Clement J. Frost, and the Southern Ute Tribal Council, effective August 4, 2017. Thompson was elected December 15, 2014 to serve a three-year term. He worked diligently to advance his knowledge of the tribal government, consistently providing steady and positive leadership to the Tribal Membership.

Thompson has worked tirelessly on many initiatives while in office; his efforts have provided insight into several committees. Some of which include:

  • Southern Ute Tribal Security Team – planning and implementation of the Tribe’s first active shooter policy and coordination of campus-wide drills.
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe – Ex-Officio member.
  • Growth Fund Management Committee – the governance and general operations oversight
    committee for the Southern Ute Growth Fund.
  • Testified to the United States Senate concerning the Tribe’s energy plans and sovereignty.

There are many instances that Thompson was an integral liaison between the Tribe’s departments, intergovernmental organizations (Los Piños Fire Protection District), the membership and the Tribal Council.

“With continued dedication and collaborative team effort, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe has a bright future,” Thompson declared.

The Southern Ute Tribal Council would like to thank Councilman Tyson Thompson for his tenacity, commitment, and contribution towards the crucial work on behalf of the Tribal Membership.

“We wish Councilman Thompson the best of luck with his future endeavors,” pronounced Chairman Clement J. Frost.

General Election Dates and Deadlines

Sundance Request

The Southern Ute Tribal Council received a donation request for a Women’s Sundance. We believe requests relating to the Sundance should be deferred to the Sundance Chief and Sundancers prior to any such donation request being approved by Tribal Council. Collectively, the Southern Ute Tribal Council does not support deviating from the currently supported Sundance. Dedicating Tribal resources towards sponsoring a Women’s Sundance conflicts with our Ute traditions and beliefs.

2017 Pow Wows