Southern Ute Tribe sees leadership shakeup

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is experiencing a leadership shakeup that has seen the retirement of the chairman and the resignation of two council members all within the past month.

Chairman Howard Richards resigned abruptly on November 24, citing health reasons. Then, council members Pearl E. Casias, who had been appointed acting chairman, and Clement Frost stepped down from their posts.

Casias said the flurry was the result of a bitter political environment on the reservation. She had allegedly been the target of a recall petition seeking to oust Richards.

The tribe will now hold three separate elections to try and clear up the mess. Frost plans to run for chairman and Casias may also run for office.

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Southern Utes tap new acting chairman (The Durango Herald 12/4)

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