Tribe welcomes new youth leaders

The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council thanked outgoing youth for their dedication and the work they did on behalf of Southern Ute youth. Pictured (left-right) are outgoing Youth Council members Lonicia O’John, Randy Herrera and Cameron Weaver.
The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council thanked outgoing youth for their dedication and the work they did on behalf of Southern Ute youth. Pictured (left-right) are outgoing Youth Council members Lonicia O’John, Randy Herrera and Cameron Weaver.
Chairman Clement J. Frost swears in Allisianna Baker on Thursday, Feb. 18.
D’Vondra Garcia is sworn into the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council.
Chairman Clement J. Frost swears Christina Herrera into the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council.
Christina Herrera Christina is 13 and a student at Ignacio Middle School. She is the daughter of Daphnee Washington. Herrera enjoys playing sports and cooking. What do you find most important about your Culture? “The dances and how they were brought up,” Herrera said. How can you benefit the Youth Council?” I can benefit by helping out with the tribe and other electives,” Herrera said.
D’Vondra Garcia D’vondra is 11 and a student at Ignacio Middle School. She is the daughter of Lorena and Jamie. Garcia enjoys playing basketball and cheerleading. What you find most important about your Culture? “How others respect each other,” Garcia said. How can you benefit the Youth Council? “By participating in what’s going on,” Garcia said.
Allisianna Baker Allisianna is 16 and a student at Ignacio High School. She is the daughter of Monique Marquez. Baker enjoys playing sports, art and traveling. What do you find most important about your Culture? “The language,” said Baker. How can you benefit the Youth Council? “I can become a leader and be there for my tribe and youth,” said Baker.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe welcomed three new youth council members to the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council (SCSYAC) on Thursday, Feb. 18 inside Tribal Council Chambers. The three young ladies joining the youth council are Allisianna Baker, Christina Herrera and D’Vondra Garcia.

“It’s an important day to recognize our young people they are a gift from our creator. Through this honor we look at helping them become leaders for the tribal membership,” Chairman Clement J. Frost said.

Vice Chairwoman, Lorelei Cloud said she was excited to see more young women on the Youth Council and encourages the young ladies to, “stand in their own power”. Prior to them being selected, outgoing Council lady, Lonicia O’John, was the only female to sit on the Youth Council.

The three new comers will be taking over the seats of outgoing members: Cameron Weaver, Randy Herrera, and Lonicia O’John.

“It was an honor to work with them, I believe they are the future of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe,” SCSYAC Coordinator, Mary Guenther said of the outgoing youth.

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