Ute Mountain Ute Tribe aims to draw in tourists with new business

The Mesa Verde Pottery is reopening as the Ute Mountain Indian Trading Company and Gallery. Photo from Facebook

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado is debuting a new business tomorrow.

The tribe acquired Mesa Verde Pottery last year for $825,000, The Cortez Journal reported. After some renovations to the 15,000 square-foot building, the newly-renamed Ute Mountain Indian Trading Company and Gallery is ready to showcase tribal art, culture and goods to the public.

“For the tribe, it’s really huge," Tawnie Knight, the tribe's economic development specialist, told the paper. "We were always trying to attract tourists at the Ute Mountain Pottery but this location is going to be a hit.”

The tribe is maintaining the same setup that made Mesa Verde Pottery popular. Visitors will be able to watch potters at work in the studio.

The business is located on the highway that leads to Mesa Verde National Park, a major tourist attraction. It's also near the Ute Mountain Casino, Hotel and Resort.

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‘A good fit’ (The Cortez Journal 5/1)

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