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Southern Ute Indian Tribe Welcomes New Leadership



Southern Ute Indian Tribe welcomes new leadership

The Southern Ute Indian Reservation – On Monday, December 18, 2017 the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Inaugurated a new Tribal Chairman, Christine Sage. Chairman Sage was elected by the Southern Ute Tribal Membership after a successful run-off campaign. Sage grew up on the Southern Ute Reservation and continues in the footsteps of her father, the late Chairman Christopher Baker.

Chairman Sage named Mrs. Esther Rima as her Executive Officer. Mrs. Rima previously worked 11 years with the Southern Ute Permanent Fund Finance Department.

“I am looking forward to working with all officials on a Tribal, City, County, State, and National level,” stated Chairman Sage.

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe also elected two new Tribal Council Members: Cheryl A. Frost and Cedric J. Chavez. Both have worked for the Tribe and will be serving their first term.

Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100

Seeking Public Comment to the Revised Traffic Code

The Tribal Council is seeking public comments on the revised Traffic Code. A few years ago, Tribal Council sought comments. Since then, Tribal Council has revised the Code to address on-Reservation all-terrain vehicle use or off-highway vehicle, among other things.

Tribal Council is also interested in hearing from the public on the appropriate blood alcohol content for driving with an excessive blood alcohol content. Tribal Council is considering designating the excessive amount to be either 0.10 (to be consistent with a prior version of Colorado law) or 0.15 (similar to NM aggravated DWI).

Tribal Council also wanted to be sure that the general public had an opportunity to comment on this Traffic Code because in this Code the Tribe will be seeking to issue civil citations for some traffic infractions against Indians and non-Indians, where the Tribe has jurisdiction to do so.

Draft Code

Deadline to submit written comments:  Please provide any written comments on the draft code by Monday, February 5, 2018.  You can review the revised Traffic Code, map of the designated OHV roads, and associated schedules at Please submit your comments to the Legal Department, by one of the following methods:

  • E-mail:
  • Mail: James Washinawatok, Tribal Attorney, Legal Department, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, Colorado, 81137.
  • Hand delivery: Legal Department, Leonard C. Burch Tribal Administration Building, Ignacio, Colorado, 81137

For further information contact:  James Washinawatok, Tribal Attorney, Legal Department, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, Colorado, 81137; telephone number (970) 563-2210; e-mail

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