Autumn Sage Miss Southern Ute 2023-2024
Photo Credit: Divine Windy Boy | The Southern Ute Drum
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Royalty Quarterly Report: Miss Southern Ute

Autumn Sage


My name is Autumn Sage, and I am the 2023-2024 Miss Southern Ute. My Ute name is Pachukwi (River Otter), I am 19 years old, and I graduated from Ignacio High 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 the late Leonard C. Burch and the late Irene C. Burch. 

So far into my reign as Miss Southern Ute it has been an honor to represent the Southern Ute Tribe at many different events and powwows, also being able to meet many different people at all of the events I have attended and I will continue to do my best as being Miss Southern Ute and representing the Tribe at the different events in the future.   

This is my second quarterly report and I want to inform the Southern Ute Tribal membership on the events and powwow I have attended from last year in December into the new year from January and February.   

December 2023 

  • Dec. 1: Attended the End of Term Celebration for Chairman Melvin Baker and Council Members, Linda Baker and Dr Stacy Oberly.    
  • Dec. 2: I Was a part of the First Annual Sky Ute Casino Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.  
  • Dec. 2: Participated in a Round Dance hosted by the Durango Native American Education Program located at the Durango High School in their Aux Gym.  
  • Dec. 16: The Southern Ute Royalty greeted the tribal membership and visitors at the Tribal Christmas Dinner. We also helped severe and carry plates for elders.   
  • Dec. 16: Watched the SUIMA Christmas Program.  
  • Dec. 18: Attended the Inauguration Ceremony for Chairman Melvin Baker and Council Member Marty Pinnecoose. 
  • Dec. 22: Attended the Christmas Sip, Chat, and Chew event sponsored by Tribal Council located at the Multi-Purpose.   
  • Dec. 24: Attended a Mini Christmas Eve Powwow held at the Ute Mountain Rec Center in Towaoc, Colo. 
  • Dec. 31: Participated in welcoming in the New Year at the New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Multi-Purpose.   

January 2024 

  • Jan. 13: Attended the Multi-Purpose Community Powwow. 
  • Jan. 19: Opened for the SUIMA talent show at the SunUte Rec Center. 
  • Jan. 19: Attended the Sip, Chat, and Chew for January. 
  • Jan. 22 and 29: Attended and told stories at the Story Telling located Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum.   

February 2024 

  • Feb. 5: Took part in telling one of the Diné cultural stories at the last Ute Story telling at the Southern Ute Museum.   
  • Feb. 9: Participated in giving out Valentines gifts to the Tribal Community at the Sip, Chat, and Chew. 
  • Feb. 10: Participated in the February Community Powwow hosted at the Multi-Purpose and was also asked to be Head Lady for the powwow. 
  • Feb. 26: I took part in an interview with Native Lens to which Royalty’s interviews would be used to create a film directed by the Native Lens members and the film would be displayed at the Durango Film Festival.   

I have had a wonderful time representing the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and pledge to always respect my crown as Miss Southern Ute. I have met some great people and had a great time attending the different events. I would like to thank the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, my fellow royalty members, and my family for helping me fulfill my duties. I hope to have many more great moments at all the upcoming events and powwows.   


Autumn Sage 

Miss Southern Ute 


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