Southern Ute Tribe close to agreement on hunting

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is reasserting hunting rights on 3.7 million acres of land that was once part of its reservation.

In 1874, after the discovery of gold, the Southern Ute Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute ceded millions to the federal government. But they reserved the right to hunt on their ancestral land "as long as the grass grew" as part of the Brunot Agreement that was ratified by Congress [PDF].

The Southern Ute Tribe has been talking with the Colorado Division of Wildlife about its hunting plans. The tribe won't have to follow state regulations and will be able to issue its own licenses.

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Tribe seeks return of hunting rights (The Denver Post 3/26)

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