Elders of Southern Ute Tribe pursue recall against leadership

Leaders of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado. Photo by Damon Toledo / Southern Ute Drum via Southern Ute Tribe

Elders of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado are seeking to recall most of their leaders, The Durango Herald reports.

The effort targets Chairman Clement Frost and five out of six council members. Among other complaints, elders are accusing them of not employing enough Ute people for positions on the reservation.

“We hired individuals who are racist and who want to keep us in submission,” elder Yvonne Tree told the paper. “Until we get rid of those people and start standing up and uniting and organizing and getting together to try to take over our tribal government, we’re going to continue to get stepped on.”

The elders have until the end of the month to collect enough signatures to put the recall to a vote, the paper said.

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S. Ute council recall started (The Durango Herald 8/11)

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