Ute Tribe and Myton Water Agreement, a Model Says Chairman Duncan

The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and the city of Myton, Utah have approved a joint venture agreement for the marketing of water in the Uinta Basin. The agreement provides that Myton and the Tribe will jointly market water resources to energy developers in need of water for oil and gas development activities on and near the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. This is the first…

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Robert Lucero
Ute Indian Tribe Endorses Jack Rubin

On Tuesday April 17th, 2018, candidate for Utah State Senate District 26 Jack Rubin met with the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee to discuss his campaign platform and to hear from the Ute Indian Tribe on its issues and priorities.  By a unanimous vote, the Business Committee of the Ute Indian Tribe has endorsed Jack Rubin for Utah State Senate in the 26th District.  Mr. Rubin stressed in his remarks to the Business Committee his vision of…

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Robert Lucero
Ute Indian Tribe Filing Two Complaints in Federal Court Regarding the United States Theft of the Uncompahgre Reservation Lands

This week, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation has commenced litigation against the United States of America for its blatant mismanagement of the Tribe’s Uncompahgre Reservation lands. The Tribe has filed two federal complaints—one in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and one in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The former complaint primarily seeks significant monetary relief to..

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Robert Lucero
Ute Indian Tribe Achieves Another Substantial Victory Against Roosevelt City Upholding Tribal Court Jurisdiction

The Ute Indian Tribe achieved yet another substantial victory in federal court against Duchesne County and its subdivision, Roosevelt City, and their seemingly never-ending use of taxpayer money on unsupported suits and claims against the Ute Indian Tribe when the Federal Court in Utah dismissed....

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Ute Indian Tribe Secures Major Victory Against Trespassing State and County Officers

On February 20, 2017, the United States Supreme Court rejected Vance Norton’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Vance Norton, et al., v. Ute Indian Tribe. By denying the Petition which Norton and his associates had filed, the Supreme Court has decided to leave the Tribe’s victory in the Tenth Circuit, 862 F.3d 1236 (10th Cir. July 11, 2017) as the binding decision in this matter. Norton v. Ute Indian Tribe is one of a series of cases in which the Ute Tribe and the family of Todd Murray are seeking to hold now-Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton accountable for allegedly trespassing onto the Ute Reservation and shooting Todd Murray, an unarmed Ute Indian, in the head from point blank range; and to hold Norton’s associates accountable for allegedly trespassing onto the Reservation and destroying evidence and...

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Federal District Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order to halt Utah State Court Trial in Becker V. Ute Indian Tribe Case

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at approximately 6:13 p.m., the U. S. District Court for the District of Utah entered a temporary restraining order to enjoin Utah State Court Judge Barry G. Lawrence and Lynn D. Becker from proceeding in the matter of Becker v. Ute Indian Tribe, Case No. 140908394, Third Judicial District Court, Salt Lake County. The state court trial was scheduled to...

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Utah bill tramples on tribal sovereignty at Bears Ears

Last month, President Trump issued a proclamation claiming to drastically reduce, and otherwise weaken, the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. Our tribes, along with the other tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, immediately sued the president, arguing that the proclamation was void because his actions were beyond the president’s authority. The Utah delegation seems to understand that our lawsuit against President Trump has the weight of the law on its side, and thus stands a high likelihood of success. That would leave President Obama’s...

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