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News and Announcements

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

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Stage I Fire Restrictions Rescinded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Due to recent rain and high relative humidity, Stage I fire restrictions have been rescinded for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.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The Restrictions will be rescinded effective at 0:01 AM, July 16, 2014.

2014 Southwest Regional Veteran’s Conference

SWNVA Flyer Photo

2014 General Election Schedule

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

General Election – Friday, November 07, 2014 – 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Constitution; Article IV, Section 1
There shall be annual elections on the first Friday in November.

General Election Residency Deadline – Friday, August 08, 2014
Constitution; Article IV, Section 5:
A candidate shall physically reside within the present exterior boundaries of the So. Ute Reservation for at least ninety-days (90) preceding the election.

Statement of Intention Deadline – Monday, September 08, 2014, by 5:00 P.M.
Election Code 11-3-101 (3):
A Statement of Intention shall be filed with the Election Board not less than sixty-days (60) preceding the date of the General Election.

Election Board Decision Regarding Eligibility Deadline- Tuesday, September 23, 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 – Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Election Code 11-4-102 (1)
Election Board shall post notices of the election within the So. Ute Reservation at least thirty-days (30) before each election.

Voter Registration Deadline – Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by 5:00 P.M.
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 – Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by 5:00 P.M.
Election Code 11-5-102 (2):
The application, letter, or telephone call requesting 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 Ballot Request Deadline – Thursday, November 06, 2014 by 5:00 P.M.
Election Code 11-5-107 (1) (2) (3):
A voter may make a written request that the Election Board provide him an emergency absentee ballot if: (a) He will be confined in a hospital or at his place of residence on election day because of events arising after the deadline for absentee ballot requests; or (b) He must be absent from the reservation on election day and the reason for such absence arose after the deadline for absentee ballot requests.

The written request shall contain the following: (a) the voter’s name and address; (b) The nature of the emergency causing confinement or absence from the reservation; and (c) The voter’s signature.
The emergency ballot request must be made before the day of the election. The Election Board shall review emergency requests on a case-by-case basis. If the Election Board determines not to grant the request, the voter shall be promptly notified of the denial and the reason. If the Election Board determines that the request should be granted, the Election Board shall deliver the emergency absentee ballot at its office during regular business hours or, in the case of a medical emergency, at the place where the voter is confined.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (970) 563-0100 ext. 2303, or 2305. Off- Reservation tribal members phone 1-800-772-1236 ext. 2303. Email is

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