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News and Announcements

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

Memorial Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day 2014

In Memory

DEA Drug Take-back Day

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Southern Ute Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to SUPD at 149 CR 517 in Ignacio. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Take Back Drugs

Department of Natural Resources Open House

open house
DNR Open House Map

94th Annual Southern Ute Fair Theme and Artwork Contest

The Southern Ute Culture Department would like to announce the 2014 Logo and Theme Contest for the 94th Annual Southern Ute Fair. This Contest is open to ALL Ute members.

All Medias of art will be accepted until May 30th at 5PM. Artwork shall be no bigger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Logo submissions must include a theme to coincide with respective artwork. Artwork must be signed by the artists.

Selected artwork will be property of the Southern Ute Culture Department and will be featured on all items associated with the 94th Annual Southern Ute Fair.

A stipend will be rewarded to the winner plus one t-shirt with the Fair Logo and Theme. Winner will do a short interview with the Public Relations Department OR may write a short paragraph explaining the Logo and Theme which will be featured in the 2014 Fair Premium Book. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULES!

Submit to the Southern Ute Culture Department PO Box 737 #88 Ignacio, CO 81137 or Contact Tara Vigil, Special Events Coordinator @ 970-563-0100 ext. 3624

Election Board Friday Deadline and Hours

The Election Board will remain open, Friday, April 18, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm during Tribal Administration Easter Holiday closure.  On this date is the Letter of Intent Deadline for Tribal Chairman, therefore the Election Board and notary will be in the Election Board office for Tribal Members to have the opportunity to receive a packet or to turn their packet in on this deadline date.

Also, for new registered voters to fill out their paperwork to vote in the Special Election.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at ext. 2305 or 2303.

Thank you,

Election Board

Bear Dance Ground Concession Stand

The Culture Department will be taking applications for the upcoming Southern Ute Bear Dance Concession / Arts and Crafts booths, to be held at the Bear Dance grounds. This will NOT coincide with the Bear Dance Pow Wow.  This will be a first come first serve only!

The Costs are as follows:

  • Daily Rate for Outside Corral Stand – $55
  • Outside Corral Rate for (4 days) – $220.
  • Inside Corral Stand (4 days) – $220 plus a $25.00 Key Deposit (ABSOLUTELY NO INSIDE FLAME COOKING)
  • Inside Corral Daily Rate is $55 plus a $25.00 Key Deposit

It is at the discretion of the Culture Department to put you in a Space, NO swapping or saving places will be allowed!!

If you will be applying for a food booth you must have a current Food Handler’s card.  You can apply for a Food Handler’s card online at

You may pick up your application at the Southern Ute Culture Department or download them here. No Checks or Credit Cards will be accepted, strictly Cash or Money Order ONLY!!

For more information please contact Darlene Frost or Tara Vigil at Southern Ute Culture Department. 970-563-0100.

Prescribed Burn near Chimney Rock

Southern Ute Agency plans to conduct prescribed burning on up to 275 acres in the Cabezon Canyon Project area.  Burning operations are planned to begin Tuesday, April 15, 2014, and continue throughout the month of April, weather and conditions permitting.

The burn is located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation approximately 5 miles south of Chimney Rock National Monument.  It is in an area north of BIA Road 152, south of the Tribal boundary and between Colorado Highway 151 and Archuleta County Road 700.  Legal description for the burn is Township-33 North, Range-4 West and covers portions of Sections 2-4, 9-11, 14 and 15.

The purpose of the burn is to reduce activity fuels.  Smoke may be visible from the Pagosa Springs and surrounding areas.  Smoke can be expected to settle into nearby low-lying areas during the night and morning hours.

The burn period is dependent on weather and burning conditions and will be implemented when these conditions are favorable.

On Monday, April 14th a lightning caused fire was discovered adjacent to two of the planned ignition units.  This fire was contained by existing control line for the prescribed fire as well as additional hand line and dozer line.  This fire was contained at 7.5 acres.

For more information regarding the project, please contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fire Management Office and (970) 563-4571.

Special Election 2014

The Election Board has determined these are the dates for the upcoming 2014 Special Election, according to the Constitution and Election Code.

Special Election – Wed., May 28, 2014 – 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Constitution Article V, Section 5
Any vacancy in the membership of the tribal council, resulting from any cause, shall be filled at a special election to be called and held within sixty (60) days following the date upon which it becomes vacant if the office has longer than six (6) months to run.

Statement of Intention Deadline – Friday, April 18, 2014 by 5:00 pm

Election Code 11-3-101 (3)
A Statement of Intention shall be filed with the Election Board as set forth by the resolution of the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council establishing the date for a Special Election.

Election Board Decision regarding Eligibility Deadline – Tues., April 22, 2014

Election Code 11-3-102 (2)
Any decision of the Election Board regarding eligibility shall be made at least forty-five (45) days before the election.

Notice of Election – Monday, April 28, 2014

Election Code 11-4-102 (1)
Election Board shall post notices of the election within the Southern Ute Reservation at least thirty (30) days before each election.

Voter Registration Deadline – Friday, May 16, 2014 by 5:00 pm

Election Code 11-1-104 (1)
Any enrolled So. Ute Tribal member, 18 years or over, shall register themselves to vote by this date and time to be qualified to vote at the upcoming election. The deadline to do so is seven (7) business days before the election.

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline – Friday, May 16, 2014 by 5:00 pm

Election Code 11-5-102 (2)
Requests for an absentee ballot must be received by the Election Board no later than the close of business at least seven (7) business days before the election.

Emergency Absentee Ballot Request Deadline – Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by 5:00 pm

Election Code 11-5-107 (3)
An emergency ballot may be requested after the absentee ballot deadline and prior to the Election day.

Residency – Thursday, February 27, 2014

Constitution Article IV, Section 5
A candidate shall physically reside within the present exterior boundaries of the Southern Ute Reservation for at least ninety (90) days preceding the election.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Election Board at (970) 563-0100 ext. 2303/2305, Direct Line at (970) 563-4789 or 1-800-772-1236 ext. 2303. The Election Board office will be open Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Election Board Vacancy

Election Board Vacancy

Shining Mountain Diabetes Program Spring Series Diabetes Education Classes


Once a week starting April 9th – 11:30 am to 1 pm

Southern Ute Cultural Center Large Classroom

Food provided

No pre-registration necessary

April 9 – Healthy Pantry (tentative, call to confirm)

April 17 – Building Muscle to Lose Weight

April 23 – Ups and Downs of A1C

May 1 – Family Time

For More Information call 563-4741