Defeat H.R. 5727 Another Indian Land Grab!

The Ute Indian Tribe’s Uintah and Ouray Reservation faces new attacks from the Utah Congressional Delegation.  On May 9, 2018, Congressman Curtis introduced, H.R. 5727, the Emery County Public Lands Management Act, with barely a weeks notice to the Tribe.  Despite claims of decades of outreach and negotiation, Curtis failed to include the Tribe in the drafting of his bill.  Now his bill threatens the homelands of Utah’s oldest residents as Curtis refuses to..

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Robert Lucero
Ute Indian Tribe Calls on Utah to Support Public Education

On August 29, 2018, the Ute Indian Tribe welcomed Congressman Rob Bishop and his Natural Resources Committee to the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for a hearing entitled “Energy and Education: What’s the Connection?” The hearing was held at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah in the middle of the Tribe’s Reservation. About 15 percent of the..

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Robert Lucero
State of Utah Seeks to Intervene in Suit Between The Ute Tribe and Federal Government--AGAINST THE TRIBE

On March 9, 2018, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation filed suits against the United States of America for the United States’ 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 compensate the Tribe for the United States’ sale and use of its Uncompahgre Reservation lands, while the latter complaint seeks quiet title to the lands of the Uncompahgre Reservation, among other things. Both cases are..

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Robert Lucero
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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