Southern Ute Indian Tribe Run-Off Election 2020 COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & VOTING DAY PROCEDURES

Due to COVID-19 and winter coming up, the Election Board will be supervising and administering the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Run-Off Election 2020 at SunUte Community Center, Ignacio CO.

  • Voting will take place inside SunUte meeting rooms as in previous elections due to winter conditions
  • 2 voters in the polling place at one time.
  • An “X” will be located outside on the sidewalk next to the meeting room outside doors, marking every (6) feet where voters will stand when more than one voter is present.
  • We ask all voters to please wear a mask. If you do not have one we will provide a disposable one for your use.
  • Sanitizing of the voting booths will occur throughout the day, please be patient.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for your use, please sanitize before coming to the election area.
    The counting of the ballots will be a closed session, only the board members and personnel assisting the board in this process will be allowed for safety due to it being in an enclosed area.
    For Absentee Ballot request contact Election Board at 970-563-2303 or ext. 2305/2729/2728
    Off Reservation Tribal Members phone 1-800-772-1236 ext. 2303
    Email: election@southernute-nsn.gov

Please click on the following link to preview what the ballot looks like:
Run – Off Sample Ballot 2020

EMERGENCY ABSENTEE VOTING PROCEDURES

Southern Ute Election Board
Emergency Deadline for Run-Off Election 2020– Thursday, December 17, 2020 by 5 P.M.

EMERGENCY ABSENTEE VOTING PROCEDURES:
11-5-107
(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) An emergency ballot may be requested any day after the day of the absentee ballot deadline but prior to the day of 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 ballot at its office during regular business hours or, in the case of a medical emergency, at the place where the voter is confined.

Contact the Election Board at (970) 563-2302
Ext. 2305/2729/2728
Off Reservation Tribal Members
Telephone: 1-800-772-1236 ext.2303
Email: election@southernute-nsn.gov

The Southern Ute Tribal Court has issued Administrative Order 2020-03, modifying their operating services until further notice.

The Southern Ute Tribal Court has issued Administrative Order 2020-03, modifying their operating services until further notice. The attached Administrative Order is effective Monday, November 16, 2020. The Southern Ute Tribal Court will only hear cases that directly affect public safety or are mandated to be heard pursuant to the Southern Ute Tribal Code. Please call the Tribal Court’s communication line at (970) 563-0240, for updated information.

Please click on the following link for more detailed information regarding this order:

Administrative Order 03 COVID.pdf

Mental Health America 2020 Annual Conference

Registration Now Open!

MHA’s 2020 Annual Conference: COVID-19, Mental Health, and the Need for Equity will be held September 3-4 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Mountain Time online.

Over the last few months, the world was thrown into a global pandemic. As the number of cases of COVID-19 increased, so did the associated experiences of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. COVID-19 also brought to light what many in the health care and social justice communities already knew – that Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are disproportionately negatively impacted and are dying at much higher rates. Adding to that the systemic racism that so many people of color bear every day, the trauma and mental health implications are significant.

The last few months have changed everything – and the world is looking at “a new normal.” Our 2020 Annual Conference – now virtual – will discuss it all. From increases in depression and anxiety rates, to adjusting workplaces and employee mental health, to addressing disproportionate inequities due to systemic barriers and historical adversity – MHA is talking about it. Join us.
This event is free to the public and all are encouraged to register!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mhas-annual-conference-covid-19-mental-health-and-the-need-for-equity-tickets-114326483590

MHA Affiliates: Please note there is a separate registration for Affiliate Pre-Conference Day held on September 2. You will receive a separate email with all the details!
Speaker Announcements
Take a look at a few of our speakers we have planned for our virtual event.

Bakari Sellers is a CNN correspondent and lawyer. He made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 Sellers won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor and is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation. Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Dr. Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to public service while championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity. In addition to his impressive list of early accomplishments, Sellers served on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election. That coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as 2014’s “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. Sellers has been a much sought-after public speaker and has provided political and social commentary and analysis on many major national news outlets. Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC. Sellers is a CNN contributor and is married to Ellen Rucker.

Kenneth Cole is an American designer, social activist, and visionary who believes business and philanthropy are interdependent. His global company, Kenneth Cole Productions, creates modern, versatile, and functional footwear, clothing, and accessories that make daily dressing effortless. For over 35 years, Kenneth Cole has leveraged his passion and unique brand platform seeking to make a meaningful impact on people’s wardrobes, as well as in communities in need. In 1985, with the help of many of the top fashion models in the world, Kenneth launched the first HIV/AIDS public service campaign. He then joined amfAR’s board of directors in 1987, and on World AIDS Day in 2004, he assumed chairmanship, and served in that position for 14 years. Under his leadership, amfAR was instrumental in significant breakthroughs in AIDS research, treatment, and prevention for the betterment of millions globally. In 2016, Kenneth accepted an appointment as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador with the goal of helping to end AIDS as a public health crisis by 2030, and in effect, work to achieve one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, in a shift of focus, Kenneth officially launched The Mental Health Coalition to end the devastating and debilitating stigma attached to all mental health conditions. This effort began with the unprecedented formation of a Coalition of the most respected mental health service providers, leading academics, and influential creative and media organizations. The Mental Health Coalition was launched with an innovative and digital storytelling platform called, “HOW ARE YOU, REALLY?,” which creates a safe social space for individuals to share their stories.

Michelle Williams is a Grammy Award-winning, singer/songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, designer, television host and member of one of the most successful recording groups of all time, Destiny’s Child. In 2018, Williams reunited with Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Kelly Rowland fora long-awaited Destiny’s Child reunion performance during both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. She has also recorded four critically-acclaimed albums as a solo artist including Journey to Freedom who’s song “Say Yes” was certified Gold. Between recording projects, Williams made her theatrical stage debut as the title role of the hit Broadway musical “Aida”. Williams has since appeared in productions of “The Color Purple”, Broadway and London’s West End productions of “Chicago”. She also was featured in the acclaimed stage play “What My Husband Doesn’t Know,” and a national tour with the musical “Fela!” Williams also starred in the Oxygen network series “Fix My Choir” and has served as a guest host on talk shows such as The View, ET, The Real and many more. In 2019 after making it to the semi-final round, Michelle was revealed as “Butterfly” on the #1 rated FOX television show, The Masked Singer! As an entrepreneur, Williams recently launched Believe at Home by Michelle Williams. A sophisticated bedding collection, featuring exquisite and vibrant comforters, duvets, coverlets, sheets and shams inspired by her grandmother’s quilting. An advocate for mental health and empowerment, Williams is an ambassador for the Office on Women’s Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she promotes awareness for maintaining optimum physical and mental health through nutrition, exercise, and proper medical care.

Learn more about MHA’s 2020 Annual Conference and additional speakers here:
https://mhanational.org/2020/annual-conference/speakers

MHA is just getting started – we will be announcing more speakers in the coming weeks! You don’t want to miss this event, so register today!

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Technical Advisory Bulletin for Tribal Title V Owners and Operators (COVID-19) March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020
Technical Advisory Bulletin

To: All Tribal Title V Owners and Operators:

This technical advisory bulletin is being issued to address compliance concerns or non-compliance that could result at Title V permitted facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state, local, and the Southern Ute Indian tribal government have been forced to take drastic actions to limit social contact including stay-at-home orders for non-critical employees and closures of certain businesses. The Tribe’s Air Quality Program (AQP) understands that owners and operators are facing many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is issuing this guidance to help operators take measures to document these challenges for compliance reporting purposes.

To document compliance concerns and issues that are directly resultant from challenges relating to the pandemic, the AQP recommends, at a minimum, that operators keep detailed logs, including the reason for non-compliance and maintain all relevant data to support claims (e.g., correspondence with operations personnel, stack test companies, contractors, etc.). Additionally, AQP recommends keeping in contact with the AQP regarding issues as they arise. For urgent matters and prompt deviation reporting during this time, reports can be submitted to: airquality@southernute-nsn.gov. All other logs and records can be submitted to the AQP at a later date.

If owners and operators are able to comply with their Title V permit requirements on time, we strongly encourage you to do so using the processes normally used. Where compliance is impacted by orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, the AQP expects owners and operators to exercise reasonable due diligence. Correspondingly, the AQP will exercise discretion in granting administrative and enforcement relief for various reporting requirements and deadlines of regulated entities as conditions warrant in response to COVID-19.

It is the AQP’s expectation that permittees will take actions minimizing the effects and duration of any noncompliance caused by COVID-19 and will use “best efforts” to return to compliance at the earliest opportunity
If you have any questions regarding compliance during this time, please contact Mr. Oakley Hayes, Air Quality Technical Manager, at (970) 563-2244 or me at (970) 563-2265.

Danny Powers
Air Quality Program Manager
The Southern Ute Air Quality Program