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Tribal Office Closure – Southern Ute Sun Dance

Tribal Office Closure – Southern Ute Sun Dance July 11

In observance of the Southern Ute Sun Dance, the Permanent Fund, Growth Fund, and SUSS offices will be closed on Monday, July 11, 2022.

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Southern Ute Health Center Holiday Closure – July 4

The Southern Ute Health Center will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Appointments will resume on Tuesday, July 5. In the event of a medical emergency, please head to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.

 

Southern Ute Health Center patients may use the After Hours Care Line by dialing (970) 287.1180. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Friendly Reminder – Fireworks are prohibited in Stage I Fire Restrictions

As we are approaching Independence Day, BIA Fire Office would like to remind the public that the Southern Ute Indian Reservation is in Stage I Fire Restrictions.

 

** Possession, discharging, or use of any kind of fireworks is prohibited. **

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outline in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

To find the Stage I Fire Restrictions and commercial and industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517, Ignacio, CO 81137 or by calling (970) 563.4571.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Ute Reservation Rescinds Stage II Fire Restrictions

Please view the attached news release detailing the “Southern Ute Reservation Rescinds Stage II Fire Restrictions”

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

BIA Fire Office – 970.563.4751

Lindsay J. Box, PIO – 970.563.2313

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2022

 

Southern Ute Reservation Rescinds Stage II Fire Restrictions

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – Due to  recent rains and moderating fuel conditions, Stage II Fire Restrictions have been rescinded for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Stage I Fire Restrictions remain in place. Everyone on reservation land is still asked to be cautious and use common sense with fire, as conditions may dry out and Fire Restrictions may again be implemented.

 

Since May, the Southern Ute Agency Fire Management has responded to several fires including the 89-acre Bear Dance fire that burned near the Tribal campus and SunUte Recreation Center. A Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) Team is currently assessing and developing a plan for the impacted area.

 

For more information regarding Fire Restrictions, please contact Southern Ute Agency Fire Management at (970) 563.4571.

 

Stage II Restrictions will be rescinded at 06:00 AM, June 22, 2022.

 

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Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators, and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

Prohibited acts:

  1. OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.
  2. AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.
  3. CAMPFIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.
  4. FIREWORKS. Possession, discharging or use of any time of fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517, Ignacio, CO 81137 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

Rescinding of Stage II Restrictions effective June 22, 2022

Signed by Priscilla Bancroft, Superintendent, Southern Ute Agency

Signed by Melvin J. Baker, Chairman, Southern Ute Indian Tribe

 

 

Photo Credit | Lindsay J. Box

Designed & Published by Lindsay J. Box

20220621 – SU Reservation Rescinds Stage II Fire Restrictions

20220621 – Return to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Updated (6.21) Southern Ute Utilities Transfer Station Holiday Schedule

The Southern Ute Utilities Division will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

 

Friendly Reminder

The Southern Ute Utilities Division would like to send a friendly reminder on payment options for utilities customers. Customers enrolled in the automatic deduction should contact Tribal Finance to verify your deduction reflects the adjusted rate. Please contact Ms. Wahleah Frost at (970) 563.5501 or Ms. Rachel Alires at (970) 563.5506. Payments can be processed in the following ways:

  1. Online at https://www.suitutil.com/pay-my-bill/
  2. Southern Ute Utilities Drive-thru
  3. Utilities Division Lobby Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  4. Wells Fargo Bill Pay at the Ignacio branch
  5. Tribal Deduction (request form from Utilities Division)
  6. By mail to Southern Ute Utilities Division, P.O. Box 1137, Ignacio, CO 81137

 

The Utilities Division Drive-thru Window is OPEN Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays

 

The Waste Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

The office can be reached by dialing (970) 563.5500.

2022 Hoilday Transfer Station Schedule 20220621

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Ute Indian Reservation Initiates Stage II Fire Restrictions

Please view the attached news release detailing the “Southern Ute Indian Reservation Initiates Stage II Fire Restrictions”

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

BIA Fire Office – 970.563.4751

Lindsay J. Box, PIO – 970.563.2313

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2022

 

Southern Ute Indian Reservation Initiates Stage II Fire Restrictions

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – Due to current high temperatures, dry fuel conditions and the occurrence of the recent wildland fires, Stage II Fire Restrictions will eb implemented for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Everyone on reservation land is asked to be very cautious and use common sense with fire this time of year.

 

Stage II Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators, and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

 

Prohibited acts:

  1. OPEN BURNING. Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.
  2. AGRICULTURAL BURNING. Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.
  3. CAMPFIRES. Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited. Charcoal broilers and wood and coal stoves used outside of dwellings are classified as campfires and prohibited. Campfires for ceremonial sweats may be allowed only upon approval from the BIA Fire Office.
  4. FIREWORKS. Possession, discharging or use of any time of fireworks is prohibited.
  5. SMOKING. Smoking is restricted to designated areas, within structures or within vehicles equipped with ashtrays.

 

Individuals intending to use a campfire for ceremonial purposes, such as sweat, must contact the BIA Fire Office for approval prior to the ceremony. Please plan for ceremonies in advance to ensure proper approval has been granted.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517, Ignacio, CO 81137 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

Stage II Restrictions implemented: June 15, 2022

Signed by Priscilla Bancroft, Superintendent, Southern Ute Agency

Signed by Melvin J. Baker, Chairman, Southern Ute Indian Tribe

 

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Photo Credit | Tavian O. Box

Designed & Published by Lindsay J. Box

20220614 – Southern Ute Indian Reservation Initiates Stage II Fire Restrictions Final (SIGNED)

20220613 – SUIT Stage II Fire Restrictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Ute Reservation Initiates Stage I Fire Restrictions

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

BIA, Southern Ute Agency Fire Management – 970.563.4571

Lindsay J. Box, Tribal Council Communication Specialist – 970.563.2313

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2022

 

Southern Ute Reservation Initiates Stage I Fire Restrictions

Southern Ute Indian Reservation – Due to the current high temperatures, dry fuel conditions and the occurrence of recent wildland fires, Stage I fire restrictions have been implemented for all trust lands throughout the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Everyone on reservation land is asked to be very cautious and use common sense with fire this time of year.

 

Stage I Fire Restrictions prohibits acts for the general public, commercial operators and industrial oil and gas operators performing work on the Southern Ute Reservation.

 

The following acts are prohibited for the general public on reservation lands:

 

  1. OPEN BURNING.  Burning of trash and/or yard waste is prohibited.

 

  1. AGRICULTURAL BURNING.  Burning of crop land, fields, rangeland, debris burning, slash piles, prescribed burning and weed burning are prohibited.

 

  1. CAMP FIRES.  Building, maintaining or using a warming fire or campfire outside of officially designated or developed camp sites is prohibited.  The fire restrictions do not include charcoal fires (in suitable containers) for barbeques or fires for sweat ceremonies, however, such fires are not to be left unattended and are to be fully extinguished after use.

 

  1. Possession, discharging or use of any type of fireworks is prohibited.

 

Commercial and Industrial restrictions can be obtained from the BIA Fire Office at 575 County Road 517 or by calling (970) 563-4571.

 

Anyone violating the provisions of this fire ban may be subject to prosecution outlined in the Southern Ute Indian Criminal Code.

 

The Restrictions will become effective at 06:00 AM, May 20, 2022 and will remain until conditions improve.

 

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20220518 – SUIT BIA Stage I Fire Restrictions Release

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Awareness Day

Maykh,

This morning, the Southern Ute Tribal Council convened to approve the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Honorary Proclamation declaring today, May 5, 2022 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Awareness Day. MMIR Advocate, Ms. Daisy Bluestar was present in Chambers for the approval. Tribal leadership thanked Ms. Bluestar and all those who volunteer and fight to bring awareness and justice to tribal communities.

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives Awareness Day
May 5, 2022

WHEREAS, Indigenous communities in the United States have faced unprecedented rates of violence throughout history and continue to experience this rate of violence today; and

WHEREAS, Indian Country has thousands of unsolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives with cases continuing to rise; and

WHEREAS, 83 percent of Indigenous people have or will experience some form of violence in their lifetime; and

WHEREAS, Indigenous women and girls face the possibility of being murdered at ten times the rate of all other ethnicities; and

WHEREAS, This crisis in Indian Country is the result of undervaluing Indigenous lives, underfunding, inaccurate reporting, misidentification, lack of media coverage, and jurisdictional challenges; and

WHEREAS, The Secretary of the Interior formed the Missing & Murdered Unit within the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services to address the lack of resources and the failure to prioritize the cases of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives in tribal communities; and

WHEREAS, The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has provided support for the creation of an Office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives in the State of Colorado for the safety of our tribal community; and

WHEREAS, The Southern Ute Indian Tribe remains committed to addressing this crisis and provide protection for all Indigenous people who reside on or visit the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

NOW, THEREFORE, in recognition of the foregoing, the Council of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe does hereby proclaim the 5th of May, as

MISSING & MURDERED INDIGENOUS RELATIVES AWARENESS DAY

This Proclamation was approved and adopted this 5th day of May 2022.

Signed by Chairman Melvin J. Baker

MMIP Awareness Day Flyer