‘Tis the season…

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Veronica Lasater, shows off her ‘Carlton’ dance decked out in her, ‘Carlton’ sweater during the Southern Ute Human Resource’s Ugly Sweater raffle, in the LCB Hall of Warriors, Friday, Dec. 20.
Karma Watts and Liliana Castro work together to create Christmas cards at the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council party on Thursday, Dec. 19 hosted at the Education Dept. building.
Sarafina Chackee and Elijah Weaver of the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council help host a holiday party the Education Dept. building on Thursday, Dec. 19, for the students who attend the tutoring programs.
Southern Ute Human Resource Generalist, Mary Gwinn and Southern Ute Benefits Manager, Veronica Lasater pose in their “ugly” sweaters in the Hall of Warriors during the hot chocolate bar in recognition of National Ugly Sweater Day. The event was hosted by the Benefits Department.
Candi Johnson of the Southern Ute Tribal Council Affairs office proudly shows off her ugly sweater decked out with blinking lights.
Southern Ute Finance employees, Kaylee Cuthair and Jason Randolph display their ugly sweaters, as part of the Southern Ute Human Resources Ugly Sweater raffle. Joy Miller and Jason Randolph won the gift basket raffle.
Nevaeh Sandoval makes her way across the pool’s jungle gym after telling Santa what she wants for Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the SunUte Community Center.
SunUte Community Center invited Santa to swim with Southern Ute Montessori Academy student’s on Thursday, Dec. 19. Max Veneno lets Santa know what he wants for Christmas.
Officers brought some very special guests with them to visit the kiddos; Santa Claus convinced the Grinch to get into the Christmas spirit and spread holiday cheer.
The school children at the Ignacio Early Learning Center were thrilled to see the special guests and in turn warmed up the Grinch's heart.
Lt. Juan Martinez of SUPD explained that Victims Services took the lead on this particular community outreach event; they enjoyed visiting with the preschoolers and sharing a Christmas meal with the students and staff, Sunday, Dec. 19.
The Southern Ute Police Department (SUPD) donated food items for the Christmas lunch to the preschoolers and staff of the Ignacio Early Learning Center, Sunday, Dec. 19.
The Southern Ute Police Department (SUPD) donated food items for the Christmas lunch to the preschoolers and staff of the Ignacio Early Learning Center, Sunday, Dec. 19.
Instead of stealing Christmas, the Grinch chose to give back. With the help of the Southern Ute Boys and Girls Club, the Grinch helped give away dozens of toys to families in the Ignacio community on Monday, Dec. 23 at the Meadow Brook Trailer Park.
Southern Ute Community Resource Officer, Don Folsom and Victim Services Case Worker, Brandi Archuleta help the Grinch hand out toys to kids and families in the Meadow Brook Trailer Park on Monday, Dec. 23. All toys were purchased and donated as part of the Boys and Girls Club Toy Drive.
Robert Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Lindsay J. Box | Tribal Council Communications Specialist
Lindsay J. Box | Tribal Council Communications Specialist
Lindsay J. Box | Tribal Council Communications Specialist
Lindsay J. Box | Tribal Council Communications Specialist
Lindsay J. Box | Tribal Council Communications Specialist
Lindsay J. Box | Tribal Council Communications Specialist
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
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As the holiday season wraps up,  the community celebrates with one another to ring in the new year on a good note. Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe along with many other tribal departments, the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council and community volunteers helped bring joy to the youth of Ignacio. The Grinch and Santa handed out toys to kids in the community and even made an appearance at the Ignacio Early Learning Center. SunUte invited Santa to visit with SUIMA students; the tutoring program at the Education building hosted a holiday party for their students as well. For the adults, the ugly sweater contest made a return to the Leonard C. Burch building for tribal employees just ahead of the Holiday break — an opportunity to celebrate with their families near and far.

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