From the Eagle’s Nest

Outgoing Little Miss Southern Ute, Shayne White Thunder, took time out of her responsibilities to enjoy some traditional songs and stories at SUIMA. She is seen here with Council Member Linda Baker, Council Member Ramona Eagle, UMU Council Member Afrem Wall, Chairman Melvin Baker, UMU Council Member Betty Howe, Council Member Dr. Oberly, Council Member Torres, SUIMA Principal Mari Jo Owens, Ute Language Specialist Daisy Blue Star, and Ute Language teacher Shawna Steffler.

Kwanachigani pe’ekwatu – Eagle’s Nest

Thank you to all of the parents for helping to keep our students safe and healthy by wearing your masks and helping with the temperature checks. 

Yugwana (autumn) is here, and the leaves are changing. 

Before the weather becomes too chilly, the infants and toddlers were able to have a water day. With swimsuits on and towels ready, these students enjoyed water games, sitting in small water filled containers and running through sprinklers. 

Having two apple trees on school grounds, the early childhood/primary level wrote about apples, made beautiful apple art, tasted 11 varieties of apples, and made apple sauce. 

The elementary level is researching what vegetables can be grown in the green house over the yugwana and tomo seasons and have also been meeting their Ute Language challenges. 

All these activities have the students engaged and excited – as it should be in school.


Tumiikukh kwanachi – Eagle of the Week 

Lucas Rael – Kindergartener, SUIMA

Lucas Rael is a Kindergartener who has been at SUIMA for five years – since he was a baby in the infant room!

Lucas is a very caring person, loves to help others, but is very sensitive and shy too.

Lucas’s Ute name is Kwiyaghatupiiyatu, which means “Running Bear.”   

His favorite food is “Mac and Cheese” – Yummy!!  

Lucas enjoys playing outside, likes to sing, watch the Big foot series on TV with his Grandpa John and having books read to him. He loves spending time with his Dad, Grandma Becky, uncle’s Nicholas and Dustin and hanging out his siblings Amethyst, Bianca, Dominique and Marcus. He misses his mom. 

While at school, Lucas can be found working on his creative writing.

Shoshoni Blackwood-
Two Crow – Kindergartner, SUIMA

Shoshoni Blackwood-Two Crow is a Kindergartner who has been at SUIMA for two years.

Shoshoni is very curious, likes to have books read to her, enjoys drawing with markers and has fun playing at parks.

Shoshoni’s Ute name is Kwanamuguavi which means “Eagle Heart.”

Her favorite foods include watermelon and grapes – Delicious!

While at school, Shoshoni can be found working on one of her favorite books – Dr. Seuss Oh the Thinks you Can Think.


Nuu’apaghapi – Ute phrases

umuaa’ mamachi punikyaqha? – Did you see a woman?

Nu tukuasa’api asti’i – I want/like stew.

Upcoming events

  • Date TBD: Hearing and Vision screenings
  • Oct. 22: Pumpkin splash
  • Oct. 25-28: Family Conference week 
  • Oct. 28: Halloween festivities – TBD
  • Oct. 29: No school 
  • Date TBD: Parent Advisory Group

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