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Southern Ute Tribe sees role as 'conscientious' energy developerFiled Under: Business | Environment | National
Southern Ute Tribe sees role as 'conscientious' energy developer (April 13, 2017)
A front-page story in The New York Times lumped the Southern Utes in with other tribes that engage in coal extraction.
Southern Ute Tribe pressured to share more of $126M settlementFiled Under: Politics | Trust
Southern Ute Tribe pressured to share more of $126M settlement (March 20, 2017)
The tribe already shared 60 percent of the settlement on a per capita basis but some citizens want the rest.
Southern Ute Tribe hires one of its own to lead economic effortsFiled Under: Business
Southern Ute Tribe hires one of its own to lead economic efforts (January 31, 2017)
Raymond A. Baker started working for his tribe after a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy.
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complainedFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained (December 16, 2016)
Two employees who blew the whistle on the BIA's handling of energy leases for the Southern Ute Tribe quickly found themselves forced off the reservation in Colorado.
Billy Stratton: The soldiers who refused to take part in the Sand Creek MassacreFiled Under: Opinion
Billy Stratton: The soldiers who refused to take part in the Sand Creek Massacre (November 30, 2016)
Every Thanksgiving weekend for the past 17 years, Arapaho and Cheyenne youth lead a 180-mile relay from the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to Denver.
Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulation (November 4, 2016)
The tribe will serve as the primary regulatory of hydraulic fracturing on its reservation in Colorado.
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation pushes for cleanup of mine siteFiled Under: Environment | National
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation pushes for cleanup of mine site (September 22, 2016)
Environmental and tribal activists welcomed the government’s announcement that it had designated the Gold King Mine a Superfund site, advancing the cleanup of an area contaminated by a multimillion-gallon toxic spill last year.
Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spillFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spill (August 17, 2016)
Key members of Congress are supporting the tribe's call for accountability one year after the Gold King Mine disaster.
Patty Limerick: A memorial to the Sand Creek massacre of 1864Filed Under: Opinion
Patty Limerick: A memorial to the Sand Creek massacre of 1864 (July 18, 2016)
The forced relocation of the Cheyenne and Arapaho people to Wyoming, Montana and Oklahoma has made it possible for the current residents of the Front Range to forget the history of the dispossession of the tribes.
Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country (July 13, 2016)
Some energy producing tribes want to follow their own hydraulic fracturing standards.
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe studies historic villages on reservationFiled Under: Education | Environment
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe studies historic villages on reservation (July 12, 2016)
The Colorado tribe is hoping to interest more of its people in the anthropology and archaeology field.
Indian business owner sues Southern Ute Tribe for failed contractFiled Under: Business | Environment
Indian business owner sues Southern Ute Tribe for failed contract (May 11, 2016)
Christopher Chavez, a member of the Navajo Nation, had a subcontract to work with the Southern Ute Growth Fund, the tribe's business arm.
Environmental Protection Agency pays little to tribes for spillFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Environmental Protection Agency pays little to tribes for spill (April 29, 2016)
The Navajo Nation will receive $157,000 and the Southern Ute Tribe will receive $116,000 fro costs associated with the Gold King Mine disaster.
Report recommends elimination of 'Indian' mascots in ColoradoFiled Under: Education | National
Report recommends elimination of 'Indian' mascots in Colorado (April 19, 2016)
Some public schools -- like the Lamar Savages -- are known for particularly egregious representations of Indian people.
Sen. Barrasso calls on EPA leader to attend hearing on Gold King Mine spillFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Sen. Barrasso calls on EPA leader to attend hearing on Gold King Mine spill (April 12, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is meeting to consider issuing a subpoena to Administrator Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Tribes and states work together to monitor water after mine spillFiled Under: Environment
Tribes and states work together to monitor water after mine spill (March 25, 2016)
The Southern Ute Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Navajo Nation are preparing for the spring and summer runoff, which could release contaminants from the Gold King mine disaster.
Hillary Clinton wins another state as campaigns head to big voteFiled Under: National | Politics
Hillary Clinton wins another state as campaigns head to big vote (February 29, 2016)
The Democratic and Republican candidates are turning their attention to one of the biggest days of the election cycle: the Super Tuesday primaries.
House committee issues subpoenas in Gold King Mine disaster Filed Under: Environment | National | Politics
House committee issues subpoenas in Gold King Mine disaster (February 19, 2016)
The spill at the abandoned mine in Colorado caused at least three million gallons of toxic waste to enter rivers that run through three reservations.
Tara Houska: Stop stealing cultural traditions from Native peopleFiled Under: Opinion
Tara Houska: Stop stealing cultural traditions from Native people (February 12, 2016)
Despite the protestations of honor and respect, one has to wonder – what exactly does imitating a culture do for the living people?
Sweat lodge at Army base helps with PTSD treatment for veteransFiled Under: Health
Sweat lodge at Army base helps with PTSD treatment for veterans (February 10, 2016)
The He Ska Akicita Inipi at Fort Carson in Colorado started in 1995.
Town joins Southern Ute Tribe in honoring late chairman Leonard BurchFiled Under: National
Town joins Southern Ute Tribe in honoring late chairman Leonard Burch (January 29, 2016)
Leonard Burch served as chairman of the tribe from 1966 through 2002, a time of unprecedented growth on the reservation.
Editorial: Youth dance group insults Pueblo tradition and cultureFiled Under: Opinion
Editorial: Youth dance group insults Pueblo tradition and culture (January 6, 2016)
The idea that a bunch of well-meaning Boy Scouts are honoring Native traditions by performing imitation sacred dances is beyond offensive.
House committee set for another hearing on Gold King Mine spillFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
House committee set for another hearing on Gold King Mine spill (December 7, 2015)
Republicans are accusing the Interior Department of failing to conduct a thorough review of the incident that sent millions of gallons of mine waste into the water system.
Carla Fredericks: Racial slur tied to Sand Creek MassacreFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Sports
Carla Fredericks: Racial slur tied to Sand Creek Massacre (November 16, 2015)
To use the word today evokes a history of racial violence and dehumanization to intimidate, humiliate and harm contemporary American Indians.
Southern Ute Tribe to open solar power plant on reservationFiled Under: Environment
Southern Ute Tribe to open solar power plant on reservation (November 13, 2015)
The 800-kilowatt facility will power about 10 governmental buildings in Ignacio, Colorado.
Denver Art Museum maintains strong commitment to Native artFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment
Denver Art Museum maintains strong commitment to Native art (October 28, 2015)
The museum pays particularly close attention to contemporary Indian artists through its exhibitions and a residency program.
Suicide raised as major issue during NCAI's annual conventionFiled Under: Health | National
Suicide raised as major issue during NCAI's annual convention (October 20, 2015)
One elder wondered why the largest inter-tribal organization in the lower 48 failed to put suicide on the agenda for its annual meeting.
Tribes call for establishment of Bears Ears National MonumentFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes call for establishment of Bears Ears National Monument (October 16, 2015)
Tribal leaders from Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico want to protect 1.9 million acres of ancestral and sacred sites.
Petition seeks White House response on Indigenous People's DayFiled Under: National | Politics
Petition seeks White House response on Indigenous People's Day (October 13, 2015)
A growing number of tribes, schools, communities and states are joining the Indigenous People's Day movement.
First Nations Development Institute awards $250K for ranchingFiled Under: Environment | Health
First Nations Development Institute awards $250K for ranching (October 8, 2015)
Cattle ranchers in Indian Country are receiving help with their management, development and retail capabilities.
Ute Tribe and states win injunction against new BLM fracking ruleFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Ute Tribe and states win injunction against new BLM fracking rule (October 1, 2015)
The ruling raises serious doubts about the Obama administration's rationale for asserting authority in Indian Country.
Bill aims to address claims arising from spill at Gold King MineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Bill aims to address claims arising from spill at Gold King Mine (September 23, 2015)
The Navajo Nation, the Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe have been affected by the release of an estimated 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the water system.
House committees hold long hearing into Gold King Mine spillFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
House committees hold long hearing into Gold King Mine spill (September 18, 2015)
The proceeding didn't tread much new ground as lawmakers kept Environmental Protection Administrator Gina McCarthy at the witness table for nearly three hours.
EPA leader faces fire for dealings with tribes after mine disasterFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
EPA leader faces fire for dealings with tribes after mine disaster (September 17, 2015)
The chairman of the Southern Ute Tribe didn't get a phone call from the Administrator Gina McCarthy until this Monday, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee was told.
Officer won't face charges for death of Oglala man in ColoradoFiled Under: Law | National
Officer won't face charges for death of Oglala man in Colorado (September 16, 2015)
Paul Castaway was shot and killed by a police officer in Denver, Colorado, on July 12. He was 35.
EPA Administrator to appear at three Gold King Mine hearingsFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics
EPA Administrator to appear at three Gold King Mine hearings (September 11, 2015)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and two House committees are looking into the disaster.
Navajo Nation cites 'culture of distrust' with Gold King Mine spillFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation cites 'culture of distrust' with Gold King Mine spill (September 10, 2015)
Tribal leaders felt misled by the Environmental Protection Agency soon after the August 5 incident at the abandoned mine in Colorado.
House committee to hold first hearing into Gold King Mine spillFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
House committee to hold first hearing into Gold King Mine spill (September 8, 2015)
Republicans are criticizing the Obama administration's response to a disaster that affected two tribes and three states.
Navajo Nation welcomes Erin Brockovich in aftermath of disasterFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Navajo Nation welcomes Erin Brockovich in aftermath of disaster (September 7, 2015)
The tribe is still putting pressure on the Obama administration to do more to address the toxic waste spill at the Gold King Mine.
Multiple Capitol Hill hearings set into disaster at Gold King MineFiled Under: Environment | Health | National | Politics
Multiple Capitol Hill hearings set into disaster at Gold King Mine (August 31, 2015)
The Obama administration will be under extreme scrutiny as lawmakers focus on the release of millions of gallons of mine waste into the water system.
Navajo Nation to reopen irrigation canal after Gold King mine spillFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Navajo Nation to reopen irrigation canal after Gold King mine spill (August 28, 2015)
Farmers and ranchers on the Navajo Nation will finally be able to supply water to their crops and livestock, three weeks after the incident at an abandoned mine.
Southern Ute Tribe hosts top DOJ officials at crime conferenceFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Southern Ute Tribe hosts top DOJ officials at crime conference (August 27, 2015)
The 23rd annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference is underway in Colorado.
EPA releases internal report into Gold King Mine spill disasterFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
EPA releases internal report into Gold King Mine spill disaster (August 27, 2015)
Workers underestimated the water pressure at the site, according to the first government-led assessment of the incident.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on EPA mine spillFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on EPA mine spill (August 26, 2015)
The Navajo Nation and the Southern Ute Tribe are still dealing with the effects of the August 5 disaster.
Native Sun News: Tribes respond to toxic spill at abandoned mineFiled Under: Environment | National
Native Sun News: Tribes respond to toxic spill at abandoned mine (August 25, 2015)
Tribal government officials and grassroots organizers carried on their emergency response efforts from a 3-million-gallon 'blowout' of toxic mine waste that polluted the Animas River on the Southern Ute Reservation and the San Juan River in the Navajo Nation.
Navajo Nation remains cautious after spill impacts water systemFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation remains cautious after spill impacts water system (August 21, 2015)
Tribal leaders have refused to reopen the San Juan River and questioned the Environmental Protection Agency for delivering what they said were contaminated water tanks.
Navajo Nation farmers losing crops amid mine spill concernsFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation farmers losing crops amid mine spill concerns (August 18, 2015)
The Navajo Nation won't declare the San Juan River to be safe until the tribe completes a comprehensive test of water conditions.
Leader of EPA visits Navajo Nation after mine spill in ColoradoFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics
Leader of EPA visits Navajo Nation after mine spill in Colorado (August 13, 2015)
Administrator Gina McCarthy met with top tribal leaders but didn't go to the Gold King Mine to see the origins of the disaster.
President of Navajo Nation upset with EPA's response to spillFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics
President of Navajo Nation upset with EPA's response to spill (August 12, 2015)
Tribal citizens are being warned not to sign a form that could prevent them from filing damage claims.
Navajo Leader: 'This is an assault on who we are as Dine people'Filed Under: Environment | Health | Law | National
Navajo Leader: 'This is an assault on who we are as Dine people' (August 11, 2015)
A top New Mexico official revealed that the Southern Ute Tribe and not the Environmental Protection Agency first notified the state about the environmental catastrophe.
Elders of Southern Ute Tribe pursue recall against leadershipFiled Under: Politics
Elders of Southern Ute Tribe pursue recall against leadership (August 11, 2015)
The effort targets Chairman Clement Frost and five out of six council members.
Navajo Nation to sue EPA over release of mine waste into watersFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National
Navajo Nation to sue EPA over release of mine waste into waters (August 10, 2015)
About three million gallons of orange-colored waste from an abandoned mine in Colorado has traveled downstream to the Navajo Nation.
Tribes call for new national monument on sacred lands in UtahFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes call for new national monument on sacred lands in Utah (August 5, 2015)
More than two dozen tribes are calling on President Barack Obama to protect 1.9 million acres of sacred and historic territory.
Family and friends protest fatal police shooting of Indian manFiled Under: Law | National
Family and friends protest fatal police shooting of Indian man (July 15, 2015)
A surveillance video and a witness paint a different picture of the fatal shooting of Paul Castaway in Denver, Colorado.
Save Oak Flat caravan leaves Arizona for journey to nation's capitalFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Save Oak Flat caravan leaves Arizona for journey to nation's capital (July 7, 2015)
The Apache Stronghold group will be crossing several states as they make their way to Washington, D.C., for events on July 21 and July 22.
Senate appropriations bill shields tribes from BLM fracking ruleFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Senate appropriations bill shields tribes from BLM fracking rule (June 26, 2015)
The Republican-led Congress and President Barack Obama are headed to a showdown over the fiscal year 2016 Interior appropriations bill.
Federal judge puts temporary hold on BLM's fracking regulationFiled Under: Environment | Law | Politics
Federal judge puts temporary hold on BLM's fracking regulation (June 24, 2015)
The move came as the Ute Tribe of Utah announced that it will join the fight against the controversial standards.
Southern Ute Tribe loses bid to stop fracking rule on reservationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Southern Ute Tribe loses bid to stop fracking rule on reservation (June 23, 2015)
A federal judge denied a motion for a temporary restraining order but will proceed to the merits of the case.
Southern Ute Tribe sues to block fracking rule on reservationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Southern Ute Tribe sues to block fracking rule on reservation (June 22, 2015)
The rule is set to go into effect on Wednesday but could be blocked by court action of Congress.
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Sand Creek documentary premieresFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Education | National
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Sand Creek documentary premieres (June 10, 2015)
Last November, Cheyenne and Arapaho television crew joined over 100 tribal members in Colorado to observe a week of events honoring the 150th commemoration of the Sand Creek Massacre.

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