Thu Apr 20th, 2023
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Students pay annual visit to Tribe
Students from Golden High School makes their annual visit to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe as part of their Senior Seminar trip throughout the Southwest. For two days the students experienced great hospitality from multiple departments and divisions of the Tribe all while learning about the culture of the Southern Ute people, gaining insight to the Tribe’s operations, and feeling a strong sense of community. The tour spanned two days, beginning on Tuesday, April 11 at the Bison Pasture and concluded on Wednesday, April 12 at SunUte Community Center.
The tour is coordinated by Robert Ortiz each year, led by Social Studies teacher, Mike Mendoza the Golden High School group has visited the Tribe ten times — since their first trip in 2012. Golden students arrived on the reservation on Monday, April 10 and set up at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall to get rested before the tour began the following day. Students enjoyed a traditional buffalo stew and frybread meal, provided by Sam and Ernestine Maez, upon arrival. As part of their Senior Seminar for their last semester the students travel the nation, camping in most locations. After their tour of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe the students hit the road and began their journey to visit other neighboring tribes and historic natural landmarks in the Southwest.
On Tuesday, April 11 the students paid a visit to the Tribe’s bison pasture, where they attended a presentation from Bison Herd Manager, Jesse Lasater. Throughout the rest of the tour the group visited the Wildlife Division staff, went on air at KSUT Tribal Radio, toured the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum, learned to round dance with the Southern Ute singers, and the Southern Ute Royalty. The Cultural Preservation Department also gave a presentation showing Bear Dance and Tribal Fair footage from previous years. The students concluded day one with a presentation from the Southern Ute Growth Fund.
The following day, students began their tour day two with SUIMA Principal, Mari Jo Owens and the students of the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy. Students received a history presentation from Southern Ute Drum Media Archivist, Fabian Martinez, then stopped by the Tribal Council Chambers to discuss their tour with members of the Southern Ute Tribal Council. Wrapping up the tour the group met the Southern Ute Drum newspaper staff, toured Tribal Information Services, Justice and Regulatory, and the SunUte Community Center.
Throughout their trip, students and guides expressed their joy and gratitude to everyone who was involved in making their tour a success. The group felt welcomed, and many students explained how this trip has greatly impacted them and will long be a great memory. From the Southern Ute Reservation, the students then traveled south to visit neighboring tribes and explored national monuments such as Canyon de Chelly. Golden High School chaperones expressed their gratitude and their desire to see this cross-cultural collaboration continue for years to come.
Students at Golden High School visit the Southern Ute Indian Tribe during their Senior Seminar Southwest trip, April 10-13. The students spent two days visiting various Tribal Permanent Fund departments, including KSUT Tribal Radio and the Growth Fund. The students were given presentations on Southern Ute culture, traditions, language, and services each department provides to the Southern Ute membership. Golden High School seniors have visited Washington D.C., the Grand Canyon, hiked the Senora Desert and built ice caves in Winterpark, Colo. During their Southwest trip they will be visiting the Navajo Nation, Canyon de Chelly and other locations in the Southwest. The student group has visited the Southern Ute Tribe annually since 2012, excluding a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 Pandemic.