Outgoing Vice Chairman, Ramona Eagle was honored during today’s End of Term Recognition. Eagle was most recently elected in 2019, concluding her politician career which spanned over 12 years. Throughout her career, she remained committed to the Southern Ute tribal membership and fulfilled responsibilities on several committees including the Growth Fund Management Committee, Southern Ute Indian Housing Authority Board, Ignacio Creative District. Eagle was a true advocate for tribal education and participated in the SUIMA School Board Meetings and Johnson O’Malley Committee showing her continued support for the Ignacio and Bayfield School Districts.
Council Member Marjorie Barry recently completed her first Council term from 2019-2022. Her service during this time was also celebrated at this morning’s ceremony. On Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, she was successfully re-elected during the 2022 General Election. Marvin Pinnecoose was elected by majority of votes cast and will fill the second seat vacated by Eagle.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, Council Members Barry and Pinnecoose were sworn-in before family, friends, and guests as they publicly declared and accepted the responsibility of the elected position to serve the membership of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to the best of their ability.
Chairman Baker and Tribal Council congratulated and welcomed the newly elected officials. Chairman Baker offered his congratulations to both Barry and Pinnecoose. “I look forward to working alongside Council Member Barry once again. With 13 Tribal Council Priorities and various local, state, and federal initiatives, there is plenty to work on. Council Member Barry’s knowledge will provide important consistency. Council Member Pinnecoose has enthusiasm and vision which will bring fresh ideas and solutions to many projects. His understanding of our culture and resources will be greatly valued.”
Chairman Baker also announced the appointment of Lorelei Cloud as Vice Chairman. Cloud is currently serving her third term on Tribal Council, brings experience, a wealth of knowledge, passion for solving issues, and dedication to serve the membership. Chairman Baker stated, “I look to her leadership and knowledge when making decisions in the best interest of the membership and the tribal organization. I am confident she will assist in achieving progress for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for generations to come.”