In 1940 six years after the Indians Reorganization Act of 1934, the Weeminuche Band organized a tribal government, enacted a tribal constitution (Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 1985) The Weeminuche Band adopted Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to became our name.
The tribe determines its own course of action in all matters of importance to development and progress. Subject to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Council has the right and powers to: (1) manage tribal real and personal property; (2) negotiate and perform contracts and agreements; (3) engage in business enterprise; (4) negotiate and assign tribal security for loans; and (5) enact and enforce ordinances to promote public peace, safety, and welfare.
In 1879 the western end of the reservation, retained as land in common for Ignacio and the Weeminuche Band, was made into the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has lived on this reservation for nearly 100 years.
The various tribal departments are organized to support the tribe in the administration of tribal business and development of natural and human resources on the reservation. Many administrative positions are contractual with federal agencies including the department of Interior (Bureau of Indian Affairs- BIA), the department of Commerce (Economic Development Administration-EDA), the department of labor (Comprehensive Employment Training Act -ETA), the Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition to the organized departments, the Tribal Council has appointed several sub-committees to work directly on specific problems or issues.
Tribal Government Departments