Thu Jun 23rd, 2016
The Southern Ute Drum
The Rocky Mountain Indian Motorcycle Riding Group (IMRG) met up on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation for the 2016 Durango Rendezvous June 10-11. The rendezvous was held to give Indian Motorcycle riders a place to meet fellow riders and to enjoy the scenic rides Southwest Colorado has to offer.
It all started with the Rocky Mountain IMRG planned to meet fellow chapters in the Four Corners region to enjoy some rides. The meet and greet started out at about 30 to 40 bikers and blew up to a couple hundred, Rocky Mountain Indian Motorcycle Riding Group President, Terry Connett said.
Connett said he looked all over the area for places to host the meet up and soon enough began working with casino staff on making the event happen.
“This is an upscale event and we wanted to have it at a nice place,” Connett said about picking the casino as the place to host the event. “Everyone has been so cooperative and so nice and friendly; it has been a great experience.”
The two-day event kicked off with a meet greet banquet at the Sky Ute Casino Events Center, Friday, June 10.
Connett said many of the riders keep in touch on Facebook and have never met in person; so bringing them all together in one location was a special thing. He also made it a point to connect with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and wanted the riders to experience the culture of the Southern Ute people.
To show appreciation, President and Vice president of IMRG recognized Chairman Clement J. Frost as an honorary member of the group, and named the Southern Ute Indian Tribe as an honorary chapter.
Frost thanked the riders for the recognition and for visiting the reservation. He told them he values the friendship that has been made.
Also helping Connett display the Southern Ute culture were the Southern Ute Heritage Dancers, Yellow Jacket drum group, and tribal elder, Alden Naranjo. Naranjo spoke about the Southern Ute culture and the heritage dancers showcased their dancing skills to the tentative audience.
Connett also said they made it a point to have half of all the vendors be Native Americans. The brand and its riders share a special connection with the Native Americans and they aim to honor the history of all Native American peoples, he said.
For next year, Connett said he hopes to host it at the casino again, and plans to make it a longer event; giving riders a chance to ride and see everything the area has to offer.