10 Years Ago: Alaskan Native Jennifer Bennis was crowned Miss Hozhoni 2010-2011 on March 27 during the 46th annual Hozhoni Days PowWow, a two-day event capping off a week of cultural celebrations at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Emotions ran high as the reigning Miss Hozhoni, Seratha Largie, passed on her title and gave a welcoming embrace to Bennis, her successor. Bennis is a Fort Lewis college student from Dillingham, Alaska, and an Alaskan Native of the Curyung Tribe.
This photo first appeared in the April 9, 2010, edition of The Southern Ute Drum.
20 Years Ago: X-ray Technician John Schiffel stands next to the Clinic’s new x-ray machine. This machine replaced the 1976 model. It is dedicated to the health of the members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, funded by the Southern Ute Tribal Gaming Commission and approved under the administration of Tribal Chairman Clement J. Frost in Nov. 1999.
This photo appeared in the April 7, 2000, edition of The Southern Ute Drum.
30 Years Ago: The Native American Youth Organization (NAYO) hosted their annual powwow on May 5, 1990, and invited everyone to attend. Pictured left-right, front row: Sky Baker, Lori Valdez, Laurene Burch, Ronald Baker, Sophilia Ashley, Dorena Wing, JoGenia Red, Sheila Ryder, Michael Santistevan; second row, Lynette Burch, JoGenia Thompson, Bo Watts, Thomas Weaver, Carlos Herrera, Sophia Wilson and Charlene Whyte; standing, Conrad Thompson, Erica Howe, Richard Hudson, Robert Howe and Cleone Pinnecoose.
This photo was published in the April 13, 1990, edition of The Southern Ute Drum.
40 Years Ago: For those who haven’t seen the new “Sky Ute Lodge” sign, this is how it looked 30 years ago. The motel enterprise is still under “Pino Nuche Purasa” which opened in May 1980.
This photo was published in the April 11, 1980, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.