DENVER — Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today issued these statements about the death of Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr.:

Gov. Hickenlooper: “Chairman Newton was proud of being one of the youngest tribal members elected to a seat on the Southern Ute Tribal Council and then to the chairman position. And that pride was warranted. We will remember him as a leader who was always mindful of the responsibilities that had been entrusted to him. He leaves behind a legacy that has inspired generations of young tribal leaders to continue advocating and fighting for tribal rights. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chairman Newton’s family.”

Lt. Gov. Garcia: “Our hearts are heavy at the passing of Chairman Newton, whose time with us was all too short. Chairman Newton was a wise leader and tireless advocate on behalf of his tribe. His collaborative nature and progressive spirit will be sorely missed.”

 

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