Southern Ute Indian Tribe
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe would like to invite you to participate in the 7th Annual Leonard C. Burch Art and Literacy Contest.
Leonard C. Burch was the Chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council for more than 32 years. Under his leadership, the Southern Ute Tribe became a major economic force in La Plata County and in Indian Country.
The Southern Ute Tribal Council passed a resolution in 1996 to declare Dec. 10 of every year Leonard C. Burch Day. This year, we will honor Leonard C. Burch and his life by holding the 7th Annual Leonard C. Burch Art and Literacy Contest.
The contest is open to all Elementary and Middle School students. This year’s theme is: “Health and Wellness of the Utes” and all entries must pertain to this theme. The contest will end on Dec. 7, 2018. All entries must be submitted to Trennie Collins at The Southern Ute Drum office by Dec. 7 at 5 PM or can be mailed to PO Box 737, Ignacio, CO 81137.
Please see the flyer for complete information on contest guidelines.
The Southern Ute Credit Committee is looking for eligible Tribal Member applicants to serve on the Committee. The appointment is for three (3) years. This is a compensated Committee, and, you will be considered an employee of the Tribe, per IRS guidelines. Credit Committee will submit approved applicant recommendation to Tribal Council for final appointment.
Individuals seeking to serve on the Committee must demonstrate a reputation of personal integrity, dependability, honesty, a strong work ethic, and the ability to perform in a non-biased, confidential and fair manner. They must be familiar with the objectives of the Declaration and must maintain good financial standing with the Tribe. These individuals must also pass criminal background and reference checks, per the Credit Committee By-laws.
The duties of the Tribal Credit Committee are:
- Approve loans as required by the Credit Committee Declaration
- Monitor compliance with the Declaration
- Monitor all approved loans for performance
- Make recommendations to Tribal Council on program revisions and updates regarding Committee operations
- Maintain confidentiality, objectivity and fairness in conducting all Committee business
- Hold regular meetings and other special meetings, as needed
- Coordinate the Committee’s annual budget with Tribal Credit Staff
Interested Tribal Members are asked to submit a letter of interest to the Tribal Credit Committee, PO Box 737 #60, Ignacio CO 81137. If you have any questions, please speak with Daniel Larsen, Tribal Credit Division Head, at 970-563-2458.
In recent days, several mountain lion sightings have been reported along the Pine River
corridor in the Ignacio vicinity (Ute Park south to Shoshone Park). Although lions are rarely
seen here, the river corridor offers excellent habitat for this large predator, and its occurrence
here is not unusual.
If you use the trails or parks below Tribal Campus and along the Pine River, please take some
basic precautions to minimize your chance of an encounter with a lion. These include the
- Travel with a friend or group and keep small children near you
- Avoid walking within densely vegetated sites
- Do not let pets run unleashed
- Avoid recreating at dawn and dusk, when lions are most active
- Carry a weapon or deterrent device within quick reach
- Know how to behave if you encounter a mountain lion
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A MOUNTAIN LION
In the vast majority of mountain lion encounters, the animals exhibit avoidance, indifference,
or curiosity that never results in human injury. However, it is natural to be alarmed if you have
an encounter of any kind. Try to keep your cool and do the following:
- Recognize threatening lion behavior. If the animal quickly passes from view and is
not observed again, the risk of further encounter is minimal. However, if the lion
exhibits a pattern of follow‐and‐hide, creeping, or intense staring, recognize this as
threatening behavior and respond accordingly.
- Do NOT run from a lion, as this could trigger a predatory instinct to chase. Instead,
walk away slowly from the encounter.
- Try to appear as intimidating as possible: maintain eye contact, yell at the animal,
stand tall, and wave your arms.
- If attacked, FIGHT back. Use a weapon such as a knife, walking stick, or rocks. Lion
attacks can often be stopped by effective resistance.
If you have recently encountered a mountain lion in this area, or would like additional
information, please contact the Wildlife Division at the number below. After hours please
contact Southern Ute Dispatch for assistance.
Southern Ute Wildlife Division – (970) 563‐0130
Southern Ute Dispatch – (970) 563‐4401