Southern Ute Royalty Quarterly Reports

Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum

MISS SOUTHERN UTE

Maiku – Hello

Nunai Niaa, (my name) is Jazmin Carmenoros. My Ute name is Muutataachi, which mean Hummingbird, given to me by my Great Grandparents Alden Naranjo and the late Dorothy Naranjo.

I was crowned the new Miss Southern Ute 2018-2019 during the Southern Ute Tribal Fair & Powwow, September 7, 2018.

I am a Sophomore at Ignacio High School. I have two brothers, Jordan & Jace Carmenoros.

My Mother is Angelina Vicenti, and my Father is Wayne Carmenoros. My Grandparents are Dennis Vicenti and Starlene Naranjo. I currently reside with my Great, Great Aunt Darlene Frost.

During my reign, I attended the following Events for the month of April, 2019:

  • April 5, 9-11a.m. – DDS Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-off Prayer Event, SU Museum. Performed Introduction/Welcome Address
  • April 5, 5 p.m. – Opening Ceremony for “The Inside Out Visions from the Artists Mind” @ SU Museum. Performed Introduction/Welcoming Address and hand out Flyers to the public.
  • April 6, 11 a.m. – For the Children Powwow, hosted by the “Daughters of The Red Road.” ELHI Community Building, Ignacio, Colo. Introduction & dancing with all participants. 
  • April 12, 7 p.m. – Hozhoni Days Powwow, Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colo. I attended only on Friday, as I was struck with the flu virus and could not participate on Saturday.
  • April 15, 3-4 p.m. – 2019 Golden High School -Senior Seminar Visit. Performed Introduction/Welcome Address. Round Dance with the Students from Golden High School. 
  • April 20, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. – Community Easter Egg Hunt. Gave out candy & Prizes to all Participate in various age categories.
  • April 23, 5:45 p.m. – Attended the Southern Ute Royalty Meeting
  • April 25-27 – Gathering of Nations Powwow, Albuquerque, N.M. Participated in Grand Entry. Did some Intertribal dancing. Met a lot of Tribal Royalty from many different tribes. So many, I think about 30. There were 17 Contestant vying for Miss Indian World. So many Concession Vendors (frybread yum). Visited the Indian Traders Market with all the beautiful bead work and everything in between. Watch the Aztecan Dancers & Pueblo Dancers perform their dances outside of Tingley Coliseum. So many people attending the Powwow. It was a lot of fun.

I will continue to do my best to represent you all at the various So. Ute Tribal Functions and along the Powwow trail in Indian Country.

Tuvuchi tog’oiak’ Thank you very much,

Jazmin Carmenoros,

Miss Southern Ute, 2018-2019

JR. MISS SOUTHERN UTE

Mique,

My name is Autumn Rain Sage and I am the 2018-2019 Jr. Miss Southern Ute.

My Ute name is Pachukwi (River Otter) and I am 14 years old.

I am in the eighth grade at Ignacio Middle School. My parents are Roger Sage Jr. and Lynnette Sage. My paternal grandparents are Roger Sage (Christine Baker Sage) and the late Vera Mae Cuthair. My maternal grandparents are Irene Burch and the late Leonard C. Burch. I have had a great learning experience as an Ambassador for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. I would like to give the Tribal community an update of events and powwows that I have attended in the new year.

For the Month of January 2019, I took part in the grand opening of the new Ute Exhibit called “Written on the Land” at the History Colorado Center in Denver, Colorado. All three Ute Tribal Councils were present and each spoke about the history of the Ute people. I would encourage the Tribal community to visit the exhibit.

The month of March was a busy a month for Tribal Royalty. I attended the Relocation Ceremony for all three Tribal Ute Flags at the Capitol Building in Denver, Colo. This day, March 21, 2019 was officially recognized as Ute Day at the Capitol. All Ute people were honored and recognized as the oldest and longest living residents in Colorado. It was an honor and privilege to attend this event because it was a huge and historic event for not only the Colorado Ute people but mostly the Northern Ute Tribe. The Uintah Tribal Utah Flag now hangs in the Colorado State Capitol building. The next day I attend the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs meeting at the History Colorado Center. I learned about the State and County government departments and how they assist and support our Colorado Ute Tribes. Next, the weekend welcomed the 45th Annual Denver March powwow in Denver, Colorado. The powwow was held on March 22-24 at the Denver Coliseum. I attended and danced grand entries and inter-tribals.

April brought The Children’s Powwow hosted by the Daughters of The Red Road. The powwow was held on April 6 at the ELHI Community Center in Ignacio. It’s always a great honor to participate at the children’s powwow and I like to see all the children host and dance. I always have a good time at this event. April 5 was a busy day. Earlier in the day, I attended the Southern Ute Department of Social Services child abuse prevention month kickoff event held at the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (SUCCM). Later that evening, I attend the “Inside Out: Visions from the Artist’s Mind” opening ceremony at the SUCCM. This was a great opportunity to see Ute and other Native artists artwork. On April 15, the Golden High School students made their annual senior seminar visit to the Southern Ute Reservation. We met the students at the SUCCM and welcomed them. April 20 was the Annual Easter Egg hunt hosted by the Southern Ute Police Department. I greeted the community and helped Resource Officer, Don Folsom, and the Easter Bunny hand out prizes to the youth. I had a great time. Finally, on April 26-27 I attended the Annual Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I saw the crowning of the new 2019 Miss Indian World, Cheyenne Kippenberger. She comes from the Seminole Tribe in Florida.

I have had a great time representing the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and pledge to always respect my crown as Jr. Miss Southern Ute. I’ve met some great people and dignitaries along my travels. I would like to thank the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Royalty Committee and my family for helping me fulfill my duties. I hope to have many more great moments as my reign starts its final stretch.

Tog’oiak’

Autumn Rain Sage,

Jr. Miss Southern Ute, 2018-2019

 

LITTLE MISS SOUTHERN UTE

Mique,

My name is Patience Jada Ruby Watts Gaines. I am Little Miss Southern Ute 2018-2019. My parents are Megan Watts and Davidson Lopez. I have two brothers, Levi and Melleno. My maternal grandparents are the late Margaret Hummingbird Red and Rodney Red. My paternal grandparents are Leann and Reggie Lopez of Towaoc, Colo.

I am eight years old and I am in the second grade at Ignacio Elementary School. I enjoy dancing, singing and playing with my cousins and my brothers.

I received my crown at the 2018 Southern Ute Tribal Fair Powwow. I am happy to represent my tribe as Little Miss Southern Ute and I look forward to attending future events. I want to thank the Royalty Committee and my family for helping me learn the responsibilities of representing my tribe at different gatherings.

Since, my last quarterly report I have been to a number of different events including The 14th annual New Year’s Eve Powwow December 31st 2018 in Sandy, UT; 4th Annual American Falls High School Contest Powwow Feb. 3rd 2019 in American Falls, ID; The 46th annual USU Powwow March 1st & 2nd Logan, UT; RMHS Class of 2020 Spring Fling Contest Powwow March 8th & 9th in Red Mesa, UT; 3rd Annual VFW Post 4519 Vietnam Veteran’s Powwow, March 22 & 23 2019 in Ft. Duchesne, UT; BYU 38th Annual Herold A. Cedartree Memorial Powwow, March 29 & 30 in Provo, UT; For The Children Powwow, April 6 in Ignacio, CO; Shining Mountains Powwow, April 13 in Aspen, CO; Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School Spring Social Powwow, April 18 in Ft. Hall, ID; University of Utah 47th Annual Powwow April 9 in Salt Lake, UT; Utah Valley University Powwow, April 20 in Provo, UT; and the Gatherings of Nations Powwow, April 26, 27 & 28,  in Albuquerque N.M.

With the school year coming to an end I am happy to say I will be transitioning to the 4th grade this coming school year. And with that, I’m ready to hit the powwow trail this summer and attend our annual ceremonies like bear dance and sun dance here in Ignacio and at our sister tribes as well.

Patience Jada Ruby Watts Gaines

Little Miss Southern Ute

2019-2020

SOUTHERN UTE BRAVE

Mique,

My name is Levi Justin Lopez.

I am the 2018-2019 Southern Ute Brave. My parents are Megan Watts and Davidson Lopez. I have one sister, Patience and one brother, Melleno. My maternal grandparents are the late Margaret Hummingbird Red and Rodney Red. My paternal grandparents are Leann and Reggie Lopez of Towaoc, Colo.

I am six years old and I attend the first grade at the Ignacio Elementary School. I like to play outside, play video games, sing powwow songs and play with my little brother.

I received my banner at the 2018 Southern Ute Tribal Fair and Powwow. I am honored to be the Southern Ute Brave for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. I thank the Royalty Committee and my family for helping me learn to be a good representative for my people. I look forward to attending different powwows and events.

Since, my last quarterly report I have been to a number of different evens including The 14th annual New Year’s Eve Powwow December 31st 2018 in sandy, UT, 4th Annual American Falls High School Contest Powwow Feb. 3rd 2019 in American Falls, ID, The 46th annual USU Powwow March 1st & 2nd Logan, UT, RMHS Class of 2020 Spring Fling Contest Powwow March 8th & 9th in Red Mesa, UT, 3rd Annual VFW Post 4519 Vietnam Veteran’s Powwow March 22nd & 23rd 2019 Ft. Duchesne, UT, BYU 38th Annual Herold A. Cedartree Memorial Powwow March 29th & 30th in Provo, UT, For The Children Powwow April 6th in Ignacio, CO, Shinning Mountains Powwow April 13th in Aspen, CO, Shoshone-Bannock JR./SR. H.S. Spring Social Powwow April 18th in Ft. Hall, ID, University of Utah 47th Annual Powwow April 19th in Salt Lake, UT, Utah Valley University Powwow April 20th in Provo ,UT, And The Gatherings of Nations April 26th, 27th & 29th in Albuquerque N.M.

With summer being right around I’m supper excited the corner I must say I’ve had an awesome school year receiving various bobcat awards, fields trips, learning how to swim, being around friends, learning to read and do math and just simple trying to be the best student I can be while in 1st grade. I’m looking forward to my transition in to the second grade this coming school year.

Levi Justin Lopez

Southern Ute Brave, 2018-2019

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