The Southern Ute Drum’s top 10 news events of 2018

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SunUte Recreation, who spearheads the projects, has continued to receive community input on the proposed skate park from the membership and tribal elders.
KSUT Meets Capital Campaign Match: KSUT met a $1 million challenge match offered by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in late June 2017. On Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 the Southern Ute Tribal Council hands over the $1 million check to KSUT for their capital campaign match.
KSUT Meets Capital Campaign Match: The Southern Ute Tribal Council committed to a $1 million matching fund to support KSUT’s capital campaign, with a goal of renovating an existing 5,000 square foot building on the Southern Ute tribal campus in Ignacio, Colo. for the Eddie Box, Jr. Media Center - KSUT’s future home.
A land dedication held on former casino site, Wednesday, Aug. 15. Members of the Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory Council (SCSYAC), both past and present, gathered alongside tribal dignitaries and community advocates for a land dedication ceremony, almost six years in the making. Many of the youth in attendance, spoke optimistically about the project that their peers envisaged — skateboards in hand.
Head Start Closes After 50 Years: Southern Ute Community Action Programs (SUCAP) closed their doors after 50 years. On August 1, 2018 Tribal Council unanimously agreed to terminate the relationship between the Tribe and SUCAP effective Dec. 31, 2018. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe had maintained a longstanding relationship with SUCAP; in addition to providing direct financial support, the Tribe, since 1966, had applied for and administered grants from the federal government supporting SUCAP.
Head Start Closes After 50 Years: The Head Start program is now evolving under the Southern Colorado Community Action Agency, who will be opening the new Ignacio Early Learning Program in early 2019. This will be a new fee-based program that offers pre-school and toddler classes. 
19th Annual Uto-Aztecan Shoshonean-Numic Conference: The Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Ute Tribe had the honors of hosting this year’s 19th Annual Uto-Aztecan Shoshoean-Numic Conference; the gathering was previously hosted in: Idaho, Nevada and Oklahoma. The Uto-Aztecan Shoshoean-Numic Language Reunion was held in Ignacio from July 23-25 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort.
19th Annual Uto-Aztecan Shoshonean-Numic Conference: The three-day reunion started off with a sunrise prayer and ended with the “Retreat of Colors” by the Veterans Association. Participants came from all over Indian Country to engage in cultural workshops and socialize with old friends.
Cedar Point Townhomes: The new neighborhood has stunning views to the north, while many of the new houses offer second story vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Cedar Point Townhomes: With construction complete, and landscaping in place, Southern Ute Tribal Housing hosted the Grand Opening of the Cedar Point Townhomes, Thursday, Sept. 6. Encouraging tribal members to tour the finished homes and experience Cedar Point’s newest neighborhood for themselves.
Bear Ears Totem Pole Find New Home: The House of Tears Carvers: Jewell James, Douglas James, Heather Dawn and the youngest of the carvers, Kayden Nogueira presented the Bears Ears Totem Pole to the museum; When you touch the totem, you can say prayers as well as receive prayers from it.
Bear Ears Totem Pole Find New Home: The Southern Ute Museum introduced the newest exhibit to community members and visitors, Sunday, July 22. Over 50 people gathered at SUM to welcome the Bears Ears Totem Pole carved by House of Tears Carvers from the Lummi Nation. 
Lake Nighthorse Dedication: Dignitaries from the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Bureau of Reclamation, and the City of Durango gathered at the edge of Lake Nighthorse for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, Monday, May 14. The reservoir made history with yet another milestone once it opened for public recreation – beginning April 1, 2018.
Bobcats Revitalize Cross-Country: IHS’ first cross-country team, boys’ or girls’, in decades (since members of the graduating Class of 1990 ran in Fall ’89), featured freshman Avaleena Nanaeto, sophomore Vanessa Gonzales, junior Brianna Henderson and sophomore Jayden Brunson. Jonas Nanaeto and Elco Garcia, Jr. both running for Bayfield High School, had placed top-15 at the Region I Championships in Aspen, earning them spots in the 2018 CHSAA State Cross-Country Championships’ Class 3A, Oct. 27, 2018.
Bobcats Revitalize Cross-Country: Jonas Nanaeto finished 42nd out of 160, and Garcia came in 94th overall. IHS freshman Avaleena Nanaeto ran in the Class 2A girls’ grand finale, and finished 73rd out of 114.
Tribe Hosts Tri-Ute Games: The Southern Ute Indian Tribe hosted the Tri-Ute Games in Ignacio, June 6-8; returning to the SunUte Community Center once again for the welcoming ceremonies. Guest speakers, evening activities and a photo booth added to the multi-day sporting event, which encouraged friendly competition and sportsmanship among Ute athletes.
Tribe Hosts Tri-Ute Games: Young athletes from each of the three Ute tribes competed against each other in a variety of sports including: archery, basketball, volleyball, golf, running, traditional hand game and a warrior challenge.
Jungle Gym Opens: On Wednesday, Feb. 14, a field trip coordinated by SunUte Recreation staff took kids to the Jungle Gym in Durango, Colo. which gave the youth an opportunity to learn the proper way to train from the fitness center’s owner, Rhode.
Jungle Gym Opens: Southern Ute tribal member Daniel Rohde and partner Allison Kardas recently opened their own gym in Durango called Jungle Gym. Offering personal training, as well as group classes, Jungle Gym is open for all ages and fitness levels.
Christina Herrera | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Courtesy KSUT
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Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Christina Herrera | The Southern Ute Drum
izabella Howe | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Maria Rivera | Southern Ute Tribal Council Affairs
Maria Rivera | Southern Ute Tribal Council Affairs
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Courtesy The Pine River Times
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Courtesy Virgil Morgan | SunUte Community Center
Maria Rivera | The Southern Ute Drum
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As we bid farewell to 2018, and welcome the New Year, The Southern Ute Drum takes a moment to reflect on some of the top news stories, and news trends from the past year. KSUT matched their fundraising goal of $1 million, the SCSYAC dedicated land for a proposed skate park, while SUCAP shuttered its doors after 50 years. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe made culture, language and natural resources a top priority, in addition to their focus on education and economic growth in 2018. Athleticism, physical and mental health were also prioritized.

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