Southern Ute Tribe asserts rights under 1874 deal
Members of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado will hunt off the reservation for the first time in decades.

The tribe ceded millions of acres under the 1874 Brunot Agreement but retained the right to hunt on public lands "so long as the game lasts and the Indians are at peace with the white people."

Up until recently, however, the tribe stuck to the reservation for hunting. But next year, tribal members will exercise their rights under the deal.

"What you're starting to see is statesmanship on both sides, and it's much better. It's historic," University of Colorado professor Charles Wilkinson told The Los Angeles Times of the arrangement between the tribe and the state.

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Colorado tribe, armed with an old treaty, expands hunting (The Los Angeles Times 11/3)

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