the Membership Outreach meeting and Scoring Night. The event was sponsored by the Southern Ute Wildlife Resource Management Division and held at the Sky Ute Casino Resort’s Event Center on Thursday, Aug. 24. Wildlife Division Head, Steve Whiteman headed the evening’s event, with a presentation of the Wildlife Division’s activities and services provided to the tribal membership.
The Southern Ute tribal member Wildlife Advisory Board were on hand to answer questions and speak to Southern Ute hunters about a proposal set before the advisory board about tribal members hunting black bears and if the tribe should offer permits to hunt the bears. Sun Dance Chief, and Southern Ute Cultural Education Director, Hanley Frost gave the invocation, but also spoke of the spirituality of the bear as a brother, the creator of the streams, a sacred animal to the Utes. “That’s why we don’t hunt the bear,” Frost said.