Southern Ute employees enjoy fun in the sun

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Kelsey Frost (left) cheers as she scores a point during the bean bag toss.
Members of the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council and members of Southern Ute Tribal Council welcomed employees during opening ceremonies.
Council lady Lorelei Cloud welcomed those in attendance to the Tribe's Employee Appreciation Day.
Southern Ute Little Miss Krystyn Weaver welcomed the employees of the Southern Ute Tribe during opening ceremonies of the Employee Appreciation Day.
Southern Ute Heritage Dancers stand ready to dance for the employees of the Southern Ute Tribe as part of the Employee Appreciation Day opening ceremonies.
The Southern Ute Heritage Dancers perform while yellow Jacket sing a grand entry song during the opening ceremony of Employee Appreciation Day.
MC of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe's Employee Appreciation Day opening ceremonies, Eddie Box Jr., explains the different dance styles of the dancers.
Eddie Box Jr., explains the different pieces of regalia the young Heritage Dancers wear during their respective dance style during opening ceremonies of Employee Appreciation Day.
Mandy Naranjo dances her style, Fancy Shawl during the opening ceremonies of the Tribe's Employee Appreciation Day.
The Southern Ute Heritage Dancers and employees of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe enjoy a round dance, closing out the Employee Appreciation Day opening ceremonies.
Isaac Suina from the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council celebrates his birthday at Employee Appreciation Day. He turned 16.
McKean Walton, Grounds Maintenance throws his shoe, he and his partner Tim Ryder took first place in the Horseshoe Tournament.
Ed Howlett, Building Maintenance lets a shoe fly during the horseshoe tourney. He and teammate Asa Ortiz placed third.
Wildlife Technician, Henry Whiteskunk takes his toss at the horseshoe tournament.
Precious Collins keeps her precision during the beanbag toss tournament.
Southern Ute employees participate in a chair race. A twist of musical chairs: racers must retrieve an item called by request by the announcer, and must get to a chair before everyone else.
Andrea Talley from the dental department was the winner of the employee chair race.
Renee Tree (right) steels a seat from Boys & Girls Club program aide Denisha Martinez during an intense game of musical chairs.
Trennie Collins keeps up with her partner Scott Moore during the three-legged race.
The three-legged race was an intense battle between the Permanent Fund, Growth Fund, and Sky Ute Casino employees.
Southern Ute Tribal employees gather at the sack race – another popular event at Employee Appreciation Day.
Southern Ute employees have a little trouble in the sack race.
Southern Ute employees looked for some relief from the sun during a water balloon toss.
Tasha Herrera participates in the water balloon toss.
Southern Ute employees show off their dancing skills during the Macarena.
Angelo Valdez from Tribal Services participates in the bean bag toss.
DeRoy Watts, building maintenance technician, treats himself to a hamburger at the Employee Appreciation Day lunch.
Southern Ute employees are served a tasty lunch at Sky Ute Casino Resort.
The lunch consisted of hamburgers, chicken, beef strips, potato salad, beans, chips, and various refreshments.
Elijah Weaver welcomes all the employees.
Andrea Taylor keeps steady aim at the bean bag toss.
Southern Ute employees participate in the "Carlton Dance".
Employee Appreciation Day is always an energized event for everyone in attendance.
Mary Guenther (center) isn't quite lucky in getting a seat during a game of musical chairs.
The pumpkin seed contest allowed employees to see who could spit a seed the farthest.
During the water balloon toss, players are eliminated if the balloon is dropped or pops.
The Boys & Girls Club gives all their might during the final tug-of-war match up. They wound up No. 1 after an intense finale.
Lakota TwoCrow (center) and Larenz Wilbourn are ready to start the tug-o-war contest.
Employees gather at the last tug-of-war battle during Employee Appreciation Day. Lexy Young (front left) pulls with all her might.
Southern Ute employees show their strength during the tug-o-war contest.
Ian Thompson from SunUte Community Center hosts the tug-o-war contest.
Frances Taylor (center) and Aran Johnson pull with all their might during the tug-o-war contest.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | 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
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
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
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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Employee Appreciation Day made its return on Friday, June 3. The day began with a bit of history about Southern Ute Tribe and dances performed by the Southern Ute Heritage Dancers. Employees representing the Southern Ute Permanent Fund, Growth Fund, and Sky Ute Casino spent their day involved in eventful activities, bowling, bean bag toss, joke telling,horseshoes tourney, musical chairs, golden feather find, water balloon toss and a grand finale of tug-of-war. Prizes were also awarded for participation, and employees were treated with a tasty lunch. Employee Appreciation Day is the Southern Ute Tribe’s way of giving back to the employees for their hard work.

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