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News and Announcements

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

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.

Slow Down in Work Zones

Traffic, Safety and On-Going Construction Operations

Road Reconstruction

County Road 517 / State Highway 172 Road Reconstruction

Gold King Mine Spill Update – July 2017

Please review the PDF document from the link provided for full details on the Gold King Mine Update.

Gold King Mine Spill: 2017 Update on Animas River Health

Southern Ute Reservation Initiates Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Due to the current high temperatures, dry fuel conditions and the occurrence of recent wildland fires, Stage I fire restrictions have been implemented for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Everyone on reservation land is asked to be very cautious and use common sense with fire this time of year.

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Reservation.

The following acts are prohibited for the general public on reservation lands:

  1. OPEN BURNING.  Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.
  2. AGRICULTURAL BURNING.  Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.
  3. CAMP FIRES.  Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited.  The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.
  4. FIREWORKS.  Possession, discharging or use of any type of fireworks is prohibited.

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

The Restrictions will become effective at 06:00 AM, June 27, 2017 and will remain until conditions improve.

Councilman Frost Attends Energy Roundtable at White House

In the last few months, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe has been lobbying for increased Self-Determination. Councilman Frost has made frequent trips to Washington, D.C. at the invitation of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. On Wednesday, June 28th 2017, Councilman Frost presented at a meeting with the President of the United States. Please click on the link below to view the video shared by The White House.

President Trump Leads a Tribal, State, and Local Energy Roundtable

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2017 Pow Wows