Southern Ute Indian Tribe



River Trail Temporarily CLOSED

River Trail South of Scott’s Pond Temporarily CLOSED

The river trail south of Scott’s Pond, located behind the SunUte Community Center, is temporarily closed due to flooding.
The trail will be reopened once the water recedes to a safe level in the Pine River.
Scott’s Pond will remain open. The closure will only apply to the trail extending south to Ute Park.

General Meeting – Wednesday, June 26, 2019

General Meeting – Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Chairman will host the General Meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort Event Center tentatively set to begin at 8:00 a.m..

This is a closed meeting for the Southern Ute Tribal Membership only, all guests will be asked to leave.

Tribal Members whom are unable to attend the meeting in person can participate in the live meeting via Web-Ex Event, which is similar to a webinar. The Web-Ex Event also affords participants the ability to call in to the meeting similar to a conference call. Tribal Members must register to attend the Web-Ex Event. Type the link below into your web browser and then click “Register”. Members must submit their contact information and census number. Since the meeting is closed to the Southern Ute Tribal Membership only, verification of enrollment if required. Web-Ex Event users will be allowed to log-in 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

John Stafford selected as Southern Ute Growth Fund Operating Director – Energy

Great Seal of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe


Christine Sage, Chairman – 970.563.0100


John Stafford selected as Southern Ute Growth Fund Operating Director – Energy

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – The Southern Ute Indian Tribe would like to announce the selection of the new Operating Director of Energy for the Southern Ute Growth Fund, Mr. John Stafford. Stafford will supervise ventures related to energy resource exploration and development, gas gathering, processing, petroleum refining and transportation, and alternative energy. Stafford will work directly with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Red Willow Production Company, Aka Energy Group, Red Cedar Gathering Group and their affiliates. While serving in this capacity, Stafford is responsible for identifying and evaluating opportunities for new investments and divestitures subject to approval from the Growth Fund Management Committee (GFMC) and the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council.

Stafford arrived on Monday, April 15, 2019. Prior to joining the Southern Ute Growth Fund, Stafford was the President of Laris Oil & Gas, LLC, a private oil and gas exploration company which he founded in 2002. He was also the Vice President & General Counsel for Patina Oil & Gas Corporation, a publicly traded company on the NYSE that was subsequently acquired by Noble Energy for $4.9 billion.

As an attorney in private practice he represented several clients that entered into Section 29 Tax Credit transactions with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. These transactions enabled the Tribe to benefit financially from the enhanced development of coalbed methane and tight gas reservoirs. Prior to becoming an Environmental and Oil & Gas attorney, Stafford was a Senior Geologist for ARCO Oil & Gas Company, where his work included operations on other Indian reservations.

Stafford is a graduate of Syracuse University (BS in Geology), Texas A&M University (MS in Geological Oceanography, and University of Denver (JD). He is a professional geologist in the State of Wyoming and is licensed to practice law in both Colorado and Wyoming.

Chairman Sage stated, “The Tribe looks forward to the expertise and experience Mr. Stafford brings as the new Southern Ute Growth Fund Operating Director – Energy.”


Tribal Council – Council Connect Schedule

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