Fri Dec 8th, 2017
Robert L. Ortiz
The Southern Ute Drum
Tags: Animas-LaPlata Project, Council of Energy Resource Tribe’s Achievement Award, Durango Area Citizen of the Year Award, Four Corners Region, Leonard C. Burch, Leonard C. Burch Day, Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, Southern Ute Chairman, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Southern Ute Tribal Council
Leonard C. Burch Day, December 10
This day of recognition was established on December 10, 1996 and is celebrated each year as a Tribal Holiday.
Mr. Leonard C. Burch served was elected to the Southern Ute Tribal Council at the young age of 32 in 1966 and served for Chairman for 28 years. Under his leadership, the Southern Ute Tribe emerged from relative poverty to become a major economic force in the Four Corners Region and the largest employer in LaPlata County. Fueled principally by successful development of the Tribe’s natural gas resources, the Burch era saw countless examples of community development and improvements in education and health and social programs available to Tribal Members.
These are just a few of Mr. Burch’s outstanding achievements:
Throughout his life, Mr. Burch remained respectful of the culture and traditional ways of the Ute people. He participated continuously in the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Sundance as both a dancer and Sundance Chief and he supported programs to preserve the Ute language and the Tribe’s museum.
His life was one of dedication and service to his family, 7 girls and his wife Irene, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Four Corners Region.