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Statement Regarding Nov. 22 Meeting Between University of Utah and Ute Indian Tribe

The Great Seal of The Ute Indian Tribe.

Nov. 22, 2013 – Today’s meeting between Ute Tribal leaders, alumni and students and members of the University of Utah administration was fruitful and productive. The University and Ute Tribal leaders will continue to work on a Memorandum of Understanding. When we have such an agreement in hand, we will release it to the public. In the meantime, the University and Ute Indian Tribal leaders will continue to work together to ensure a strong and respectful relationship, in recognition of the special relationship that exists between the Ute Indian Tribe as a sovereign nation and the University of Utah.


The Ute Indian Tribe resides on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in northeastern Utah. Three bands of Utes comprise the Ute Indian Tribe: the Whiteriver Band, the Uncompahgre Band and the Uintah Band. The Tribe has a membership of more than 3,000 individuals, with more than half living on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. The Ute Indian Tribe operates its own tribal government and oversees approximately 1.3 million acres of trust land which contains significant oil and gas deposits. The Tribal Business Committee is the governing council of the Tribe