Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

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The Ute Mountain Housing Authority will receive more than $870,000 from the state Department of Local Affairs for a housing project in Towaoc on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation.

The 11-unit project is for tribal members and other residents who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and earning less than 30 percent of area median income. Another project in Southwest Colorado, a 12-unit rental development in Silverton, was awarded $305,000. The awards were among eight affordable-housing grants totaling more than $9 million announced Thursday by DOLA’s Division of Housing.

Bear's Ears Intertribal Coalition Website

It has been less than one year since the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of Zuni, and the two Ute Tribes came together in support of a national monument designation in an area west of Bluff, Utah known as the Bear's Ears. The Bear's Ears Intertribal Coalition believes that a national monument, managed by a partnership between the tribes, is the best way to protect the sites that are important to their cultural heritage and traditional ways.

  • Navajo leaders and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall are seeking solutions to a funding crisis for the Gallup Detoxification Center.
  • The Montezuma County Fair Board would like to put on a concert before this year’s fair to help promote and fund it.

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A coalition of Native American tribes have come together in an effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape in southeast Utah. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Ute Mountain Ute Tribe councilwoman Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk about why this place is of special importance to area tribes, why it needs protection, and the effort to create the Bears Ears National Monument.


  • The Vice President of the Navajo Nation says native people need to be considered in discussions about transferring federal lands to the states.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced $2.6 million in grant allocations to Colorado's two Native American tribes for affordable housing.


  • Coalition of five American Indian tribes calls for President Obama to create a huge national monument in southeastern Utah.


  • Montezuma County commissioners publicly state their support for the manager of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe voices support for Colorado commission to study the use of American Indian mascots by public schools.


  • Fire departments in Montezuma County responded to a blaze at a senior housing five-plex in Towaoc on Saturday.
  • Two local citizens sharply criticize the Montezuma County commissioners for their recent decision not to participate in a Master Leasing Plan process initiated by the BLM.


The Ute Mountain Ute Bear Dance

May 28, 2015
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The Ute Mountain Ute Bear Dance is a spring tradition that is filled with symbolism and social importance. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Terry Knight, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, about the significance of the Bear Dance, the events surrounding it, and how it connects the community after the long, cold winter months.

Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Historic Preservation

May 23, 2014
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Historic properties and archaeological sites on tribal lands are managed more and more by Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Terry Knight, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, about how his office protects important places both on tribal lands and around the southwest.

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