Many Moons Ago

10 Years Ago: The annual “Youth of the Year” brunch took place at the Multi-purpose Facility on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011. The fundraiser recognized community youth for their dedication and hard work within the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Leader of the Year, Kree Lopez, hugs Sarah Valdez, the Billy Thomas Award recipient. This photo was first published in the Jan. 28, 2011, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
20 Years Ago: One of the first off-reservation investments made by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Growth Fund led to a history making event in New York City on Jan. 18, 2001. Tribal Councilwoman Pearl E. Casias (with mallet) and Growth Fund Director Robert Santistevan (second from left) were among the group of people asked to ring the bell to open that day’s trading on the American Stock Exchange. The 2001 bell-ringing group represented Contango Oil and Gas Company, a recently formed company in which the Tribe owned approximately 20 percent of the stock and a substantial amount of its production. This photo was published in the Jan. 26, 2001, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
30 Years Ago: The Veterans of the Tribe honored present soldiers who are currently serving in “Operation Desert Storm.” The ECO officers stood in full uniform which represents and honors those young men and women who are currently serving in the various branches of the military. Chairman Leonard C. Burch spoke of the symbolism the flag ceremony represents. This photo was published in the Jan. 25, 1991, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
40 Years Ago: Mike “Fire” Frost shoots for a two against Monte Vista Varsity team at a game held at Monte Vista High School. This photo was published in the Jan. 30, 1981, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
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