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  • Tribal Chairman Passes On

    Ignacio, CO., April 1, 2014: With deep sadness, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe announced today that Chairman Jimmy R. Newton, Jr., who was also a former Vice-Chairman and a former Tribal Council member, passed away following a recent illness.

    The Tribal Council is stunned and grief-stricken at the passing of their young leader and expressed their support for his wife, daughter, and family.

    “Chairman Newton served this Tribe and its members for over a decade. He dedicated his

    career to helping his fellow Tribal Council and all enrolled members of the Tribe,” said Vice-Chairman James M. Olguin, “his passing leaves us without our veteran leader and with a huge hole in the heart of all who worked with or knew him.”


    We would like to congratulate Phil Drake on winning the ATV and we would also like to say thank you to all for supporting our effort by buying a ticket.

    Thank you for supporting the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (SUCCM): A non-profit 501 (C)(3) that's preserving and promoting the history and culture of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

  • “Song of the Basket” exhibition opens

    More than 50 baskets on display in the Temporary Gallery showing the artistry and craftsmanship of Ute basketry

    Ute baskets are known for their artistry and craftsmanship, and have always been sought after by Native Americans and collectors alike.

    The “Song of the Basket” exhibit narrates the story of Ute baskets, which were especially important to the nomadic, hunting peoples because they are lighter and less fragile than pottery vessels.

    A basket is always owned by the woman who sang the basket into being. Over 400 generations and more than 10,000 years, Ute women have kept the art of coiled basketry alive.

  • Museum Wins Top Award

    Extensive news coverage in the September 2012 issue of True West magazine

    The Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum has been named Museum of the Year by True West Magazine. Here is an extract from the article in September's issue:

    "Your first glimpse of the majesty that awaits you starts with the beauty of this parcel of southern Colorado—8½ acres of water features, gardens and hiking trails.

    You marvel at the design of the 52,000-square-foot building, an architectural wonder designed by Johnpaul Jones."