LAND OWNERSHIP OF 1150 ACRES OF UTE LAND RESTORED

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UTE INDIAN TRIBAL BUSINESS COMMITTEE RESTORES OWNERSHIP of 1150 ACRES OF LAND IN UINTAH AND OURAY RESERVATION

Ft. Duchesne, UT October 30, 2018

The Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee has acquired approximately 1,150 acres of land within the exterior boundaries of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. The property is in a pristine location on the east end of Blacktail Mountain in Duchesne County, bordering Tribally-owned land to the west. Previous owners of the property have kept the natural integrity of the landscape well intact, including as a migration area for deer and elk. Now that this property is under the ownership of the Tribe, the Tribe will be seeking to have the land taken into trust on behalf of the Tribe and its members.

Purchasing this land, and taking measures to place this land into trust, are critical steps in restoring the Ute Indian Tribe’s sovereign authority and control over its homeland, which has been fractured over time under the influence of non-Indian interests. The land was sold to the Tribe by a company titled Owl and the Hawk LLC through its manager, Mary Frances Stanley. Appreciating the value of placing the land back under the stewardship of the Ute Indian Tribe, Stanley offered to sell this property to the Tribe prior to entertaining any other potential purchasers.

About the Ute Indian Tribe-The Ute Indian Tribe resides on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeastern Utah. Three bands of Utes comprise the Ute Indian Tribe: the Whiteriver Band, the Uncompahgre Band and the Uintah Band. The Tribe has a membership of more than three thousand individuals. The Ute Indian Tribe operates its own tribal government and oversees approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land which contains significant oil and gas deposits. The Tribal Business Committee is the governing council of the Tribe.

Robert Lucero