The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council called Monday, March 31 for prayers and support for Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr., who is suffering from a serious illness.
Vice Chairman James M. Olguin previously announced that Newton would be on sick leave for an extended period of time and made clear that tribal business would continue as usual.
“We need everyone’s prayers and positive thoughts for Chairman Newton,” Olguin said. “He is well known and popular throughout the region, state, and all of Indian Country, and he needs all of his relations, friends and colleagues to help him through this hard time.”
The vice chairman also asked that everyone respect the privacy of Newton and his family at this time, as he is not receiving visitors.
In light of the chairman’s health condition, the Tribal Council has decided to cancel the April 10 general meeting.