The Southern Ute Culture Department was invited to give an opening blessing and a Bear Dance presentation during the opening session of the RIMS (The Risk Management Society) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, Monday, April 28. Over 2,000 participants viewed the event. The convention was attended by over 10,000 people and streamed worldwide.
The Bear dancers were Alden Naranjo Jr., Janelle Doughty, Tommy Weaver, Mariah Thompson, Henry Whiteskunk, Miss Southern Ute Amber Doughty, Hanley Frost and Marquetta Howe. Matthew Box, and his two sons, Noah and Jacob sang the Bear Dance songs. Southern Ute Royalty, Miss Southern Ute Amber Doughty, Little Miss Southern Ute Ollyvia Howe and Little Miss Southern Ute Alternate Tauri Raines, were also present for the meet-and-greet in the exhibits hall.