Today, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Southern Ute Indian Tribe are based in the southwestern part of Colorado. Despite their historical roots and connection to ancestral lands spanning great swaths of the state and deeper into the Colorado River Basin, the Colorado Ute Tribes have struggled against limited water rights, infrastructure and access.
For instance, while Lake Nighthorse near Durango, Colo., was built and filled in 2011 to hold the tribes' water, obstacles have made this water inaccessible up to today.
Join us on June 9 at 1 p.m. for a webinar looking at the past, present and desired water future of the Colorado Ute Tribes, where we'll hear from tribal leaders along with those involved in negotiating the Colorado Ute Indian Water Rights Settlement Act and future Colorado River agreements involving the tribes.
Chairman Manuel Heart, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Council Member Lorelei Cloud, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Amy Ostdiek, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Mike Preston, Weenuch-u’ Development Corporation President
Scott McElroy, Retired - McElroy, Walker, Meyer and Condon, P.C.
Steve Wolff, Southwestern Water Conservation District (moderator)
This webinar is possible thanks to support from the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
Photo by Jeremy Wade Shockley/Southern Ute Drum
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