Southern Ute Tribe asserts off-reservation rights

The Southern Ute Tribe is close to an agreement to resume hunting on 3.7 million acres of non-reservation land.

In 1874, the Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe ceded millions of acres after the discovery of gold in Colorado. But the tribes preserved the right to hunt "as long as the grass grew" as part of the Brunot Agreement that was ratified by Congress [PDF].

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe resumed hunting in the area during n the 1970s. Now the Southern Ute Tribe is about to do the same under an agreement with the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

The agreement will allow tribal members to obtain licenses from the tribe to hunt in the area. The tribe's regulations closely follow the states although tribal members will able to hunt year-round.

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Tribes to claim hunting rights (The Durango Herald 3/16)

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