Ute Indian Tribe

April 5, 2021  



Challengers are closed. Nominee withdraw letters should be formally written and submitted to Election Commission. In addition, due to Covid -19 restriction Tribal Candidates night will be live streamed via BlueJeans to Ft. Duchesne, Randlett, Myton and Whiterocks Community Buildings. Auditorium seating arrangements will be limited to Candidates one guest. Candidate night for Uncompahgre, Uintah, and Whiteriver will be held at the Tribal Office. 1: Uncompahgre Band Tuesday April 13, 2021 @ 6.00PM. 2: Uintah Band Wednesday April 14, 2021 @ 6.00PM. 3: Whiteriver Band Thursday April 15, 2021 @ 6.00PM. On Wednesday April 7, 2021 The Election Commission will be meeting with Community Leaders regarding election events via “BlueJeans” live streaming and other matters. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact Sandi Chegup @435.725.2860.

                    Notice of Ute Tribe Elections

Pursuant to Ordinance 13-006 as amended, notice is hereby given that the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation will hold an election to fill the expiring terms of the following members of the Ute Tribal Business Committee:

Incumbents: Tony Small, Uncompahgre Band

Luke Duncan, Whiteriver Band

Sal Wopsock, Uintah Band

NOMINATIONS: Each eligible voter may write in the name of the (1) eligible nominee, whom the voter would like to have representing his or her band on the Business Committee for the period of 4 years. Nominations will be on March 10, 2021 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and conclude March 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM in the Ute Tribal Auditorium.

PRIMARY ELECTIONS: The Primary Election will be held on April 20, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The purpose of the election is to give the (2) candidates from the list of eligible nominees from the nomination period representing: Uncompahgre, Uintah and Whiteriver Band (s).

GENERAL ELECTION: The General Election will be held on May 11, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes from each band in the General Election shall represent the Uncompahgre, Uintah and Whiteriver bands on the Ute Tribe Business Committee for the term of 2021-2023.

ELIGIBLE NOMINEE: Any member of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation twenty-one (21) years of age, who has maintained a residence within the boundaries of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation for a period of one (1) year preceding the election, shall be entitled to vote and hold office.

POLLING PLACES AND TIME: The polls will be open from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM at the Fort Duchesne Community Building, Myton Community Building, Randlett Community Building and the Whiterocks Community Building on April 20, 2021 and May 11, 2021.

ABSENTEE VOTERS: An eligible voter who qualifies to vote by absentee (Pursuant to Ordinance 13-006, Article IV, Section A, Part 2.) may REQUEST an absentee ballot for the Primary Election starting Friday April 9, 2021 at 8:30 AM, and ending April 19, 2021 no later than 4:00 PM. The Election Commission will start accepting absentee ballots for the General Election on April 30, 2021 at 8:30 AM and ending May 10, 2021 at no later than 4:00 p.m. ALL ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL BE RECEIVED AT THE UTE TRIBAL AUDITORIUM.

NOTICE OF ELECTION RESULTS: The Election Commission shall post the results of the Primary Election on April 21, 2021. The General Election results shall be posted on May 13, 2021 at an conspicuous location in the communities designated as polling places. The Election Commission shall deliver the results of the General Election to the Tribal Business

Committee on May 17, 2021.

Sandi S. Chegup, Uintah (Rep)                    Hazel R. Blackhair, Whiteriver (Rep)

Chairwoman                                                      Vice-Chairwoman

Ute Tribal Election Commission                     Ute Tribal Election Commission



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. Grant, Uncompahgre (Rep)


Ute Tribal Election Commission

Election Commission can be contacted by the following;

  • In person - Ute Tribal Auditorium from Monday to Friday at 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
  • Phone number (435) 725-2860
  • or email address ecom@utetribe.com

"It is unlawful for any person to harass, intimidate or attempt to harass or intimidate an election official of the Tribe or voter of the Tribe attempting to cast his or her ballot. Persons found to have harassed, intimidated or to have attempted to harass or intimidate an election official or voter may be imprisoned for a term not to exceed 6 months and ordered to pay a fine not to exceed $500.00"


2021 Election Commission

Phone line: 435-725-2860

Email: ecom@utetribe.com


Sandi Chegup: Chairwoman

Uintah Band

Hazel Blackhair: Vice-Chairwoman

Whiteriver Band

Joyleen W. Grant: Member

Uncompahgre Band



COVID-19 Update: As of Today we have 1 active case on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. Vaccination Clinic Update: Pfizer vaccinations will be available TODAY for anyone 16 and over at the Fort Duchesne Community Building from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Thursday, April 8, 2021 from the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Moderna Vaccine will also be available to those who need to get their booster shot. We ask you to check the back of your vaccination cards, make sure you do not miss the date to receive your second booster shot. You have 7 days from the date you are scheduled to receive the booster shot to come in and complete your vaccination. If you miss the deadline, you will need to start the vaccination process all over, so we ask you to make sure you keep to the dates on your cards. We encourage individuals to get vaccinated, majority of all activities and gatherings will require vaccination card verification. We also ask that you wear your masks and continue to wash or sanitize often, and social distance in public places. 



The Big Game applications are available at the Ute Indian Tribe Fish and Wildlife office.  Please feel free to stop by and pick one up. Applications will be accepted April 5 – May 27, 2021. Spring Turkey permits are available at the Ute Indian Tribe Fish and Wildlife office.  We still have some North Trust Land Permits available and if you didn't draw a limited entry exterior boundary early permit, you can pick up a general season exterior boundary turkey permit.  Those who have drawn a permit have until next Thursday to pick it up as they will go to alternates on April 12, 2021. Feel free to come by the Fish and Wildlife office to pick up your permits.


Community Health Representatives Area rotation for April & May 2021

Ouray, Randlett, Sunshine Acres, Gusher, La Mesa, Lil Chicago, Foothills apts, Yellowstone, Roosevelt, Myton, Bridgeland, Arcadia, and Altamont

Charmaine Pepion, CHR (435) 828-2352

Ft. Duchesne, Senior apts, Richardson sub-div, Hilltop sub-div, Lapoint, Tridell, Whiterocks, Farm Creek, Neola, Altera, and Indian bench and Vernal

Jaclyn Redfoot, CHR (435) 823-2311



The Ute Agriculture Will not no longer be saleing hay.  No exceptions.  The CO-OP will be taking Applications for CO-OP you can enter the building in the back applications will be in the door The Water Settlement is taking applications for fencing At the Water Settlement building.  If they have any questions they can call the office (435) 722-3136 Ext 4231



Will be in the process of flushing Fire Hydrants for the next two weeks beginning in Whiterocks and moving south to Ouray. Residents may experience air in the lines, water that has a whitish appearance, or low water pressure. These effects will be temporary. We ask for the communities patience as we perform mandatory maintenance. Any questions call Water Systems 435-722-5176.



Call for participants of the Ute Tribe to take part in a National Geographic photoshoot and/or interview. These will be done over the next two weeks while allowing for safety precautions due to Covid-19. Casual, traditional, bear dance, or pow-wow attire is welcome. Please contact Refell Kanip at 801-971-4487 or on Facebook.

Tribal veterans who would like to participate with the veterans department in this segment, please call Robert Lucero at (435) 722-0561 or (435) 219-5995



Pending on staff and reopening of building to seniors we will be limited on the amount of seniors who visit our facilities We will continue with our meal deliveries and we encourage your support and like to keep hearing on ideas of services And any concerns you may have

At this time we have two outreach/drivers, two cooks- we appreciate your patience and understanding in our getting back to you in a timely manner. Also the heating assistance is completed for those that are ages 55-74 years, Our seniors 75-79 years of age will continue till May 31, 2021 Seniors 80 and up thru out the year.



All those that put in an application for this year’s Garden Box project have been approved.  You will be getting a phone call from either Yvette, Mercedis or Shaye to discuss the placement of your garden box, if you are new to the project.  Last year’s garden box participants still need to fill out an application and plant list.  We have seeds available if anyone is interested in planting cold season crops.  Give us a call at 725-4911 or 725-4915 for more information.

If you are requesting transportation to a medical appointment out of the area, you will need to provide documentation of your appointment.  We will need your name, appointment date and time and the location of the appointment.  We have to provide documentation when requesting travel authorization.  All personal health information will be omitted.  Please notify the Medical driver’s to schedule your transport as soon as you can to allow for ample time to get transportation approved.  You can call the drivers direct line at 725-4998.  If no one answers, leave your name, call back number, appointment date and time and location of appointment. A driver will call you back to confirm your information.



Drive – Thru Covid-19 Testing, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9AM-10AM. Thursdays 1:30 To 2:30 PM. It is recommended to make an appointment for COVID testing so the lab order can be made before you arrive. Location is the Ambulance Doors.

Drive – Thru Flu Shots, Monday & Friday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment needed for Flu Shots. You will not be able to get the Covid-19 shot at the same time.



Ute Family Services (UFS) is looking to recruit foster families within the tribal community for children who need a foster home placement. UFS will be holding a Foster Care class starting on 4/21/2021. The class will be held twice weekly, for 10 weeks, at the UFS building, on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, and Fridays, from 10 AM to 11 AM. Right now we have 18 slots available give me a call if you would like to be added for the 1st class @ (435-725-2847)



Practice your Ute Language. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday @ 6PM.

Zoom Meeting ID: 99732745867 equipment assistant for Ute Elders (65+) and Youth who want to join. You can contact Braiden at Braidan@uteandtrust.org for more information.



Food & Hygiene Pantry Is Now Open. All communities’ members are welcome. Please share if you know any individuals are in need of supplies. We are also still accepting donations to maintain and serve the community! The pantry is located in the breeze way of the Education Department office. The Pantry is open during regular business hours Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:30pm. For questions or concerns call Melissa Taveapont (435-725-4062) for more information about the drive.



6 week Anger Management Classes Every Wednesday 3:00 to 4:30 all classes are held on the ZOOM platform. We at A/SAPP are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For any questions or more information on how to get started contact: Adam Twiss Case Manager @ (435) 722-3234 ext. 2869



This is a public notice that the Ute Indian Housing Authority is officially initiating its Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program is open to all Ute Indian Tribal members who are currently renting, on or off the reservation. Applications can be picked up and turned in at our main office. Mailing or personally turning in is preferred. If you have any questions, please call the UIHA office to receive clarification. (435-725-4844)



Mending Broken Hearts Native American Grief Recovery Meeting. Meeting times: Every Tuesday 5:30 – 7 Pm. Call Rebecka to sign up @ (435-828-8897)



A kindly reminder that the following should NOT go into the Ute Tribal Garbage bins or dumpster. We operate compacting trash trucks and these items will ruin Sanitation Equipment:

  • Electronics
  • Office Furniture
  • Construction Debris (bricks, stone, concrete)
  • Renovation Debris (drywall, wood, siding)
  • Batteries
  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Dead Animals
  • Hazardous Waste (gas, oil, pesticides, etc.…) should you have any questions please feel free to contact us 435-722-5176.



Ute Home Mortgage LLC

- Mortgage Officer

Brand Inspector

- Coordinator

GIS Coordinator

 - GIS

Ute Hemp LLC

- Chief Executive Officer

Adult Court

- Public Defender

- Security Officer

Natural Resource

- Assistant Director

Fish & Wildlife Fisheries

- Fishery Hatchery Technician


- Compliance Officer

Fish & Wildlife

- Conservation Officer

Tribal Transportation Program

- Transportation Coordinator

Senior Citizens

- Outreach Driver

Tribal Courts

- Health & Wellness Court Judge

- Associate Judge

- Chief Judge

Social Service

- Child Protection Specialist

- Guardian Ad Litem

- Assistant Caseworker

- Social Worker

Head Start

- Administrative Assistant

- Maintenance Supervisor

Mosquito Abatement

- Mosquito Control Technician

Juvenile Courts

- File Room Clerk

Energy & Minerals / BIA

- Oil & Gas Realty Specialist

F&W Big Game Enhancement

- Seasonal Technician



Ute Enterprise

- Chief Financial Officer

- Director

Ute Plaza

- Dairy Lead

Ute Oilfield Water Service

- Diesel Mechanic

Myton Ute Petroleum

- Deli Worker

- Cashier

Kahpeeh Kah-ahn Coffee House

- Barista

- Lead Barista


Water Settlement

- Seasonal / Laborer


- Seasonal Driver Crew Boss

For more information contact: the Human Resource Office @ (435-725-4017)


*UTE BULLETIN DEADLINE: The next Bulletin Deadline: Monday April 12, 2021. Bulletin will be out: Monday April 19, 2021. Please submit your articles and photos to Ute Bulletin Office to, reginam@utetribe.com,

*FRIENDLY REMINDER: Daily Business will be through EMAIL or the office’s DROP BOX in front of the building due to the precaution of COVID-19. Please submit your Radio News to Ute Bulletin/Public Relation Department by noon (12:00 pm) On Mondays, email information to heidib@utetribe.com or reginam@utetribe.com

If you missed any portion of this program, you can view the Ute News at www.utetribe.com, or stop by the office and pick up a copy of the Ute News. Thank You.