Machaa (Hello) nu nia (my name) is Autumn Sage nu nuu nia (my Ute name) is Pachukwi (River Otter) I’m the 2017- 2018 Jr. Miss Southern Ute. I am 13 years old and attend Ignacio Middle School where I am in the 7th grade. My parents are Roger Sage Jr. & Lynnette Sage and I have a brother, Derek. My paternal grandparents are Roger Sage and Christine Sage and the late Vera Mae Cuthair. My maternal grandparents are Irene Burch and the late Leonard C. Burch.
The events that I have attended this year: 10 Year Anniversary of the Ignacio Community Library building, the annual Thanksgiving Powwow in Fort Duchesne, Utah, Youth Bull Riding Finals in Ignacio, Colo., Southern Ute Tribal End of Term and Inauguration ceremonies, and Ute Mountain Ute Royalty Christmas Eve Powwow in Towaco, Colo.
Along with my fellow Southern Ute Royalty members, we’ve had a Halloween carnival fundraiser, a Thanksgiving Walk for the community and sang in the annual Southern Ute Christmas program. I am enjoying my reign and learning a lot. I have met new people and seen new places. I am looking forward to future events.
Tog’oiak’ (thank you)
My name is Myla GoodTracks, and I am the current 2017-2018 Little Miss Southern Ute. I am the daughter of Olin & Stephanie GoodTracks. My paternal grandparents are Robb GoodTracks & Wilinda Price. My maternal grandparents are Steve Rivera & Jody Tahlo. Since I have started my reign back in September of 2017, it has been a busy, but fun time for me.
My reign started in September at the Southern Ute Fair Powwow where I was crowned Little Miss Southern Ute. From there I attended the Ignacio Community Library 10 year party and the Southern Ute Tribe’s Annual ‘back to school’ family BBQ. I also went to Lawton, Okla., Sept. 22-24 for the 26th Annual Choctaw Powwow.
In October I was in the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Parade, and myself along with the other royalty members had a Halloween booth for the Halloween Carnival that was held at the Sky Ute Casino. On Oct. 18, I was presented to the Tribal Council with my fellow royalty members.
For the month of November, I attended the opening day of the Youth Bull Riding Finals that was held at the Sky Ute Downs. The Royalty members also put together a walk, and afterwards we visited with participants in the Sun Ute gym. For the Tribal Thanksgiving Dinner, I met and shook hands with the families of the Southern Ute, Northern Ute & Ute Mountain Ute tribes. On November 23-25, I traveled with my family to Ft. Duchesne, Utah for their annual Thanksgiving Powwow.
In December I appeared at the End of Term Reception for Councilwoman Amy Barry & Chairman Clement Frost. I was in attendance at the December Inauguration for the newly elected council members Cheryl Frost & Cedric Chavez, and Chairwoman Christine Sage. On Dec. 10, I went to the Leonard C. Burch Memorial walk. My last appearance for the month of December was our Tribal Christmas Dinner, where I again met & shook hands with the Ute tribes and their families, and our Tribal Christmas Program that I also participated in with my fellow royalty members.
As I said it has been a busy time, but I enjoy being Little Miss Southern Ute, representing my family and people, and will continue to do my best. I am looking forward to the upcoming months of appearances, powwows, and meeting new people everywhere I go.
Little Miss Southern Ute 2017-2018