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News and Announcements

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

Tribal Exemption Information

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2015 Special Election Information



The Election Board has determined these are the dates for the upcoming 2015 Special Election, according to the Constitution and Election Code. Click the link below for more information.

2015 Special Election Dates and Deadlines

Free Legal Self Help Clinic


Latest CDC Ebola Information

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Laguna Hunt Opportunity


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

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

Press Release – Southern Ute Indian Tribal Chairman Walks On

Jimmy R. Newton, Jr.

Jimmy R. Newton, Jr.

Ignacio, CO., April 1, 2014: With deep sadness, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe announced today that Chairman Jimmy R. Newton, Jr., Chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council, who was also a former Vice-Chairman and a former Tribal Council member, passed away following a recent illness. The Tribal Council is stunned and grief-stricken at the passing of their young leader and expressed their support for his wife, daughter, and family.

“Chairman Newton served this Tribe and its members for over a decade. He dedicated his career to helping his fellow Tribal Council and all enrolled members of the Tribe,” said Vice-Chairman James M.  Olguin, “his passing leaves us without our veteran leader and with a huge hole in the heart of all who worked with or knew him.”

Under the Tribe’s constitution, a special election will be called within 60 days to fill the vacancy in the office of the Chairman and, until then, the Vice-Chairman will exercise the authority of the Chairman’s office. “We will mourn Chairman Newton but we will also honor him, his leadership, and his legacy by continuing our hard work to strengthen our Tribe and support our members,” said Vice-Chairman Olguin.

Link to Jimmy R. Newton Jr. Obituary.