Southern Ute Indian Tribe



Request for Comments on New Charitable Raffle Rule

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The Southern Ute Indian Tribe (SUIT) Gaming Commission is seeking Tribal member comments on a proposed Charitable Raffle Rule.  A copy of the new rule can be found on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe website: 3 Charitable Raffles.  Please use the contact numbers at the end of this notice to obtain a hard copy of the proposed rule or to submit comments through June 9, 2023.

Some Tribally affiliated organizations may wish to hold raffles on Southern Ute tribal land for charitable purposes.  The National Indian Gaming Commission considers charitable raffles to be “Lotteries” subject to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the Tribal Gaming Code.

The SUIT Gaming Commission proposes to adopt “Rule 3 – Charitable Raffles” to govern charitable raffles hosted by charitable organizations.  The rule covers the following:

Raffles:           include games where a person purchases a ticket to win a prize based on a drawing or other element of chance.  This does not include drawings for prizes at traditional or ceremonial events like powwows.

Charitable organization: a club, association, or other group that would like to host a raffle for charitable purposes that benefit the public interest.

Location:        raffles must take place at Southern Ute Tribally licensed gaming facilities.

Organizers:    raffle managers must obtain a Key License from the Gaming Commission.

Age limit:       no one under the age of 21 may buy or sell a raffle ticket.

Applications: organizations must fill out an application; the Division of Gaming will review the application and decide whether it complies with Rule 3.

Ticket sales:   can occur on the Southern Ute Reservation or online.

Licensees:       must comply with all requirements of Rule 3 including ticket sales, ticket information, how to conduct the raffle, prizes, accounting and recordkeeping, reporting to the Gaming Division, and lawful use of proceeds.   ||  Phone: (970) 563-2840 /0180
Mail:  Darlene Frost, Gaming Commission, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, P.O. Box 737, MS#28, Ignacio, Colorado, 81137.
Hand delivery: Division of Gaming/Gaming Commission, 149 CR 517, Ignacio, Colorado, 81137.
Website: 3 Charitable Raffles



Economic Development SAVE THE DATE August 11-12, 2023

Join the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business Deming Center for Entrepreneurship as they partner with Southern Ute Economic Development, award-winning professors, and local entrepreneurs to provide resources for business success to help your ideas thrive. This year’s event on the Southern Ute reservation will focus on Years 3 & 4, StartUp to ScaleUp.

Please see the flyer for additional information. Scan the QR code for additional information and to purchase tickets to the event.

See you in August at the Sky Ute Casino and Resort!

University of Colorado Scholarship and Partnership Ceremony/Luncheon

The Education Department and dignitaries of the University of Colorado Boulder campus (CU) invite tribal membership and community to share in this celebratory occasion. This is a great opportunity to meet staff of CU and obtain more information on the scholarship that CU Boulder will be providing to tribal membership.

Thursday May 25th

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sky Ute Casino Event Center C

For more information please contact Heather White Thunder, 970-563-0237

SUCCM Native Youth Expressions

The Museum and the Ignacio Creative District are offering art classes for Native students ages 9-18 this summer. There is a registration information session this Friday at 5:30 in the large classroom.

We are also hiring an art instructor and art mentors—people with experience in the arts who have time to encourage and support the next generation of Southern Ute artists just by being there.

For more information, contact Susan Cimburek at 970-563-2973