Southern Ute Tribe suspends officials' code of ethics
The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado has suspended the code of ethics that applies to elected officials and appointed employees.

The tribal council gave no reason its decision, The Durango Herald reported. Existing complaints will be heard but no new grievances can be filed.

The code of ethics does not apply to other tribal employees. But Kip Koso, the former director of the tribe's SunUte Community Center, said the tribal council's decision has a negative impact on employees and tribal members.

Koso is appealing his firing. He said the tribe recently dismissed the director of its Department of Justice.

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S. Utes put ethics code on hold (The Durango Herald 2/16)