Tribal Relations

 ute tribe man and woman each on a horse with tribal garb - teepees in background


Many of the ancestral lands of three Ute Tribes are now managed by the Grand Mesa , Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Our National Forest specialists work closely with tribal councils and committees in coordinating special Forest projects.

Ute Indian Tribe (Northern Utes) headquarters located  on the Uintah-Ouray Reservation in Fort Duchesne, Utah

Southern Ute Indian Tribe -headquartered in Ignacio, Colorado

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe -headquartered in Towoac, Colorado

Forest projects are presented to the tribes according to the special government-to-government relationship each forest has with the tribes.  Tribal comments are recorded for future consideration in project planning.

Other tribal relationships include:

  • Working with elders and youth on the Ute Ethnobotany Project
  • Ute Learning Garden in partnership with the Ute Tribe, BLM, CSU Extension Agency, Mesa State College, and others
  • Hosting a Summer Camp on Grand Mesa for Ute students

Young Ute boys and counselor exhibiting their watercolor paintings completed at the Youth Camp on the Grand Mesa.


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