Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Complex established 1988
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe annual traditional Beardance
N.A.C. Native American Church in Towaoc
Ute Mountain Royalty
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Annual Powwow
Sleeping Ute Mountain located in Towaoc, CO

Weeminuche Band of Ute Nation

Towaoc, Colorado


The People

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe are the Weeminuche band of the Ute Nation of Indians. The two other bands, the Mouache and the Capote became the Southern Ute Tribe. The Northern Ute Bands (the Uncompahgre band, the Grand River band, the Yampa band, and the Uinta band) are located on the Uinta ­ Ouray Reservation near Vernal, Utah.
The Ute Indians are distinguished by the Ute language, which is Shoshonean, a branch of the UtoAztecan linguistic stock (Garcia and Tripp, 1977). Other Indians in the United States that speak Shoshonean are the Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and several California Tribes.

Currently we are populated at a litle over 2,000 members and has remained that since


Weeminuche Lands

The Weeminuche Band inhabited the land along the western flank of the Rocky Mountains in the area of the present states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Weerninuche homelands included all the lands that they normally protected and regularly traveled through. Weeminuche lands extended north of the San Juan River in what is now New Mexico and Utah to the San Miguel River in Colorado and the La Sal Mountains in Utah (Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 1985). The Continental Divide bounded their eastern range, and the Abajo Mountains in Utah marked their western boundary. These lines were vague in definite limits and bands of Utes and other tribes shared border areas. Ancestors ofthe Allen Canyon White Mesa Utes and Paiutes lived in the western part of Weeminuche territory in what is now eastern Utah and Arizona.


Tribal Government

Six years after the Indians Reorganization Act of 1934, the Weeminuche Band at Ute Mountain Ute Reservation organized a tribal government and enacted a tribal constitution (Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 1985). The Weeminuche Band became the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

The governing body of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is the Tribal Council consisting of seven members. The Council is elected by popular vote of Tribal membership. The Chairman of the Tribal council is selected through popular vote for a three year term. The Council governs the Reservation and manages a tribal government.

Most of the administrative positions are staffed by Tribal employees.

Funds to run the Tribal government are provided by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and by contractual agreements with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, and Indian Health Services. The Tribe is structured as a Federal Corporation that may be used for business purposes in developing financial growth and Tribal economy.

 

Our Tribal Council

MISSION STATEMENT OF UTE MOUNTAIN UTE TRIBE

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe strives to uphold the Tribal Ancestral Vision and Leadership in order to preserve and protect our lands, Tribal sovereignty, language, history, culture and the general welfare of the NUCHU; Serves to provide for the long term economic needs of the Tribe and its members through economic development of Tribal Resources; Enhance the quality of life; Promotes strong work ethic and personal independence for NUCHU, while strongly upholding the "government to government" relationship with local, State and Federal governments that benefits the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. 


Chairman - Manuel Heart

Duties: The current Chairman of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is our leader amongst this tribe. The duties and responsibility of the chairman is to make executive decisions for the best interest of the tribe. The chairman serves a term of four years.

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Vice Chair - Selwyn Whiteskunk

Duties: The Vice Chair of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is our second in command amongst this tribal council according to our tribal org chart. The Vice Chair can and will make decisions on behalf of the chairman, should he needs decision making in his absence. The term of the vice-Chairman of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is four years.

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Treasurer - Alston Turtle

Duties: The treasure is the custodian of all monies over which the tribe has jurisdiction and control. The treasure helps in developing financial growth and Tribal economy. The tribe determines its own course of action in all matters of development and progress.

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Secretary/Custodian - Archie House Jr.

Duties: They are an important part of this tribal council. The Secretary has the duties of keeping tribal documents. The Secretary has the duties of releasing them as well. Also the secretary is responsible for taking council meeting minutes.

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Council - Darwin Whiteman Jr.

Duties: To assist in decision making for the best interest of the tribe. The council has the right, the power to make, perform contracts and agreements. To engage in business enterprise, manage tribal real and personal property. To enact and enforce ordinances to promote public peace, safety, and welfare of the Ute people.

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Council - Lyndreth Wall

Duties: To assist in decision making for the best interest of the tribe. The council has the right, the power to make, perform contracts and agreements. To engage in business enterprise, manage tribal real and personal property. To enact and enforce ordinances to promote public peace, safety, and welfare of the Ute people.

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White Mesa Council Representative - Malcolm Lehi

Duties: To assist in decision making for the best interest of the tribe. The council has the right and power to make, perform contracts and agreements. To engage in business enterprise, manage tribal real and personal property. To enact and enforce ordinances to promote public peace, safety, and welfare of the people. This is the representative for White Mesa.

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Tribal Offices

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

P.O. BOX JJ

Towaoc, Colorado 81334

Main line: (970) 565-3751

Fax line: (970) 564-5709

Tribal Membership Log-in.

If you're an enrolled tribal Member of the Ute Mountain Tribe this is where you register to have asccess to membership infromation and documents provided for services to members only (no exceptions).

We the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is a Native American Sovereign Nation and we intend to practice our right(s) by protecting our members with membership log-in access only .

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

About the Reservation

The Ute Mountain Ute Reservation is located in the Four Corners region of the United States. The majority of the reservation consist of lands about 553,008 acres in Montezuma and La Plata Counties, Colorado and San Juan County, New Mexico.

All of these lands are held in trust by the U.S. Government. The Ute Mountain Ute Reservation has substantial range, historical, and archaeological resources.

The Ute Mountain Ute Reservation is a Sovereign Nation.Currently the reservations has about 2,000+ residents.

Resource(s):

    - Geology & Resources of the Paradox Basin 1996

    - legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com

Tribal Parks
How to do buisness
Sovereign Nation

Employment

We elect to practice our Sovereign rights and use TRIBAL PREFERENCE – To Qualified Individual In Following PRIORITY FOR EMPLOYMENT:

  1. ENROLLED TRIBAL MEMBER OF THE UMUT
  2. SO. & NO. UTE TRIBAL MEMBERS
  3. LEGAL SPOUSE OF UMUT
  4. OTHER FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED NATIVE AMERICAN

Employment List

Employee e-mail

Contact Us:

  • Phone:
    (970) 565-3751
  • Fax:
    (970) 564-5709
  • Address:
    125 Mike Wash Rd.
    Towaoc, CO 81334