Tribal Christmas dinner brings festive joy

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Santa brought Christmas cheer to all boys and girls at the Southern Ute Tribal Christmas dinner on Saturday, Dec. 20.
Southern Ute Council lady Amy J. Barry gives her blessings to all in attendance during the annual tribal Christmas dinner held at the Sky Ute Casino Event Center on Saturday, Dec. 20.
A smorgasbord of prime rib is sliced to perfection. The tribal Christmas dinner offered a festive meal for attendees; including turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, salad, and scrumptious holiday pies.
Miss Southern Ute, Ellie Siebel, shakes hands and welcomes all of the guests who came out for the holiday meal.
Move over Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus; there’s a new Christmas couple in town. Tribal members Eddie Box Jr. and Betty Box celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary during the tribal Christmas program.
Santa was the main attraction of the Christmas party. A number of kids and families lined up to meet the jolly St. Nick.
Santa Claus greets Southern Ute Tribal Chairman, Clement J. Frost.
The jolly St. Nick shakes hands with tribal elder, Annabelle Eagle. Santa made rounds among the attendees, greeting them while handing out treats to the youth.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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The Southern Ute Tribe held its annual tribal Christmas dinner on Saturday, Dec. 20. Families and friends across the Southern Ute Indian reservation attended the event, which was complete with a festive meal, plenty of presents for the kids, and a share of culture surrounding the history of the Southern Utes. Drum performances commenced, and special performances acted by a number of youth served as entertainment for all of the guests. Additionally, Santa Claus made rounds among the event center with special greetings to all tribal elder and youth.

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