Ute Tribal Paths
We Are Still Here-Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Ute Mountain Ute-The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s reservation includes 575,000 contiguous acres in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico and includes two main communities. The larger community is in Towaoc, near Cortez, and is the location of the tribal headquarters. A smaller community is at White Mesa, Utah. The Tribe has 2,060 enrolled members who live both on and off the reservation. The Ute Mountain Ute tribe is governed by a seven-member Tribal Council and a Chairman. Terms for elected officials are three years.
Chief Jack House was the last traditional chief of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (Weeminuche Band). He was elected to one of the first tribal councils. He helped to establish the tribal council and the Ute Mountain Tribal Office. He led his people for more than 30 years, worked to secure water rights, and fought for the right of Ute self-determination. He worked to make sure that people living on the reservation would have access to running water. After his death, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe completed both the Dolores Water Project and Animas La Plata Water Project to make that dream a reality.