BIA Southern Ute Agency: Wildland Firefighter Vacancy

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Ute Agency is advertising for Wildland Firefighter position. The duty station is Ignacio, Colorado. Applicants must be Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) certified and have completed the S-290 Training Course. The closing date is July 08, 2024.  Please seek the link to apply: Wildland Firefighter: USAJOBS – Job Announcement

For further inquiry, please contact the Strategic Recruitment Office at 405-768-4060.

Southern Ute Digital Equity Program: July Training

The Southern Ute Digital Equity Program (SUDEP) will provide Microsoft-Power Point Training on July 17th and 18th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This will be held at the Growth Fund Building, light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Seating is limited and open to all Southern Ute Tribal Members. The first 10 Tribal Members to sign up and attend the training will receive a $25 gift card to Walmart.

Sign up today! Contact SUDEP at 970-563-5555

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tribal Council Welcomes New Directors: MacMillan and Langefels

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – Vice Chairman Lorelei Cloud, Tribal Council, and Executive Officer Lindsay J. Box welcomed Elizabeth Quinn MacMillan (photo right) as the new Director of the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum this morning. Ms. MacMillan brings a wealth of experience and a deep respect for Indigenous history and culture to this important role.

“We welcome Elizabeth to the team,” said Vice Chairman Lorelei Cloud. “Together we will preserve and share the history of the Nuuchiu.”

MacMillan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington College and a Master of Arts in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.  Throughout her career, she has gained extensive experience working with cultural institutions and organizations dedicated to preserving the history of the Southwest.  Her previous positions include work with the Bureau of Land Management’s Canyons of the Ancients, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and most recently, the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.

Tribal Council also welcomed Lizette Langefels (photo left) as the Southern Ute Health Center Director last week. Langefels brings 17 years of experience from Animas Surgical Hospital in addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Fort Lewis College and a Master of Business Administration with a Health Care emphasis from Adams State University.

Vice Chairman Cloud shared, “The world of healthcare is constantly evolving, presenting both challenges and exciting opportunities. With Lizette’s experience and vision, I am confident we can navigate towards a healthier future.”


SUSS PSA: Tribal Broadband Modernization Project: Phase II Fiber-to-the-Home Expansion 06142024

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.0100
Summer Begay, Communication Specialist – 970.563.2313
FOR RELEASE: June 14, 2024
Tribal Broadband Modernization Project: Phase II Fiber-to-the-Home Expansion
Where: Crews will be working within the Cedar Point and Ignacio Peak subdivisions along the following roads: Shadow Spirit St, Lodge Pole Way, Burning Cedar Ave, Arrow St, Fry Bread Ave, Sagebrush Ave, Elk St, Rolling Thunder Ave, Mountain Dew Cir, Red Dawn Ct, Gray Stroke Ct, Blue Moon Ct, Ignacio Peak Dr & Jefferson Dr. Crews will also be working along the following county roads: CR-516, CR-519, CR-520, CR-509, CR-509A, CR-514, CR-316, CR-317, CR-510 & CR-513.
Construction will take place along the edge of the roadways and/or behind sidewalk. Please see attached maps for more precise locations.
What: The Broadband Project will include trenching, boring, and plowing to install fiber, as well as reclamation and seeding. Construction vehicles and fiber spools will be visible on the edges of roadways.
When: Construction is ongoing. Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Travel Impact: Parking lanes, road shoulders, sidewalks and alleyways may be temporarily closed during operations. Motorists will be required to reduce speeds and travel safely around the construction taking place on the side of the road. Please remember to slow down in construction zones, eliminate distractions and drive with extra caution. Motorists are also urged to watch for ­workers and equipment along the roadway.
In the event of an emergency or to report a reckless driver, please contact the Southern Ute Police Department at 970-563-4401.
For more information about the Tribal Broadband Modernization Project, please visit


For Immediate Release: Southern Ute Indian Tribe Celebrates Bill Protecting Self-Determination


Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.2320

Summer Begay, Communication Specialist– 970.563.2313


Southern Ute Indian Tribe Celebrates Bill Protecting Self-Determination

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – A major victory for tribal sovereignty unfolded yesterday as Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 24-193, the “Protect Tribal Lands from Unauthorized Annexation Bill,” into law on June 6, 2024. This legislation arose from the City of Durango’s attempt to annex land on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support, passing unanimously through both houses of the Colorado legislature. This strong backing underscores the widespread recognition of Tribal self-governance.

“This is a momentous day for Colorado,” shared Chairman Melvin J. Baker. “The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is incredibly grateful to the sponsors of this bill for their unwavering support. We thank Senator Jessie Danielson, Senator Cleave Simpson, Majority Leader Monica Duran, and Minority Leader Rose Pugliese. Their commitment echoes the deep respect Coloradans have for Tribal sovereignty and the sanctity of Reservation lands. Together, we are sending a clear message: collaboration thrives when we honor treaties and respect Tribal sovereignty.”

Vice Chairman Lorelei Cloud echoed these sentiments, “The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has a long history of championing initiatives that uplift and benefit our local community. This bill aligns perfectly with that commitment. By ensuring our right to self-determination and a voice in actions that impact our Reservation, we will continue serving our People and strengthening the communities that call our Reservation home.”

The bill itself simply necessitates the Tribe’s consent. It ensures that any future annexation efforts within the Reservation’s boundaries must involve the Tribe’s meaningful participation. This crucial step guarantees public safety, environmental responsibility, protection of cultural resources, and the establishment of necessary agreements. With this legislation in place, Colorado can proudly stand as a model for strong and respectful relationships with its Tribes.



Natural Resources Field Day

The InterTribal Agriculture Council Southwest Region, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and the Southern Ute Department of Natural Resources present the Natural Resources Field Day!
This event is for Southern Ute Tribal Members and will be at the Multi-Purpose Facility from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
Monday, June 10, 2024 | Youth Field Day
  • Registration:
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | Adult Field Day 
Attendees will gain insight into resources for regenerative economies, soil health, local regional seeds, demonstrations, and interactive hands-on activities!
This event does not have a registration fee. For more information, contact Janice Lucero (InterTribal Agriculture Council SW Technical Assistant) at  505-514-7438 or
-Summer Begay, Communication Specialist

Sign Up for the Tribal Member Experience!

Southern Ute Tribal Members stay connected with news, departments, and resources by signing up for the Tribal Member Experience!

Please note account holders must be enrolled in the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and be 18 years of age or older.

To create a new account, please follow these steps:
1. Go to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s website at
2. Select “Members” at the top of the screen
3. Select “I need an account”
4. Complete the Tribal Member Access Request Form & click Submit

The request will be sent to TIS Vital Statistics for verification. SUSS will approve your account.

The login credentials will be sent to the email listed on the form. You may then create your password.

If you already have an account and need help resetting your password:
1. Please visit
2. Under “Getting Started Resources” select “Password Reset Instructions” and follow the guide.
3. Direct link:
Please do not create a new account.

For information, contact Tribal Council Affairs at 970-563-2313 or TIS Vital Statistics at 970-563-2248.
For technical assistance with existing accounts, contact SUDEP at 970-563-5555.

– Summer Begay, Communication Specialist

For Immediate Release: Strands of Strength: The Indian Citizenship Act 100th Anniversary 06022024

Melvin J. Baker, Chairman – 970.563.2320
Summer Begay, Communication Specialist– 970.563.2313
Strands of Strength: The Indian Citizenship Act 100th Anniversary
Southern Ute Indian Reservation – Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act, also known as the Snyder Act, a landmark piece of legislation that granted U.S. citizenship to Native Americans born within reservation boundaries. Prior to the Snyder Act, the path to citizenship for Native Americans was a patchwork of treaties, federal policies, and court rulings that varied by Tribe and region.
The Snyder Act, passed on June 2, 1924, was a complex and controversial measure. While it extended citizenship rights, it also aimed to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream American society. This followed a dark period of forced relocation and the establishment of Federal Indian Boarding Schools. Before 1924, paths to citizenship were limited and conditional. Common routes included land cessions, honorable military service, or marriage to a non-Tribal male.
“The Snyder Act was a double-edged sword,” said Chairman Melvin J. Baker. “It offered citizenship on paper, but also sought to dismantle our identity. We were expected to abandon our traditions and languages to fit a mold. True citizenship, however, is about respect, not assimilation. It’s about honoring our shared history and upholding our right to self-determination. This fight for genuine citizenship and recognition continues to this day.”
“Though the path has been long, 100 years of Native American citizenship stands as a testament to our resilience. We acknowledge the challenges that remain, yet we celebrate the vibrant cultures that continue to enrich this land. May the next century be one of true partnership, where the Indigenous spirit and identity thrives in the American story,” said Vice Chairman Lorelei Cloud.
The Permanent Fund Executive Office, Cultural Preservation Department, Tribal Information Services, and Tribal Council Affairs have created an exhibit, Strands of Strength: The Indian Citizenship Act 100th Anniversary. This exhibit is located in the Leonard C. Burch building in the Hall of Warriors. Please stop by Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
For more information, please contact Tribal Council Affairs at 970-563-2313.
-Summer Begay, Communication Specialist