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On the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, home to the Ute Tribe, in Utah. Photo by Ken Lund
Ute Tribe bars non-members from hunting and fishing on reservation
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The Ute Tribe is banning non-members from engaging in hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.

In a news release on Wednesday, the tribe said all current permits for hunting, fishing and outdoor activities have been terminated, effectively immediately. An “indefinite moratorium” also has been placed on future permits for non-members.

“As elected members of the business committee, we are duty-bound to take measures necessary to protect the health and safety of our members and our tribal officers,” Chairman Julius T. Murray, III, said in the release.

“Nonmember hunting and fishing on our lands is a privilege, not a right,” Murray said. “As long as there are individuals who disrespect tribal jurisdiction and sovereignty and treat our homeland as a place of lawlessness, then we have no choice but to draw a hard line on all nonmember permits.”

In addition to hunting and fishing, the tribe’s action applies to swimming, camping and other recreational activities on the reservation, which spans more than 4.5 million acres in northeastern Utah.

Ute Indian Tribe Press Release – PDF