Ute Day At The Capitol
On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Ute tribal members and royalty from the Southern Ute Indian Tribe (Ignacio, CO), the Ute Mountain Ute Tribute (Towaoc, CO) and their sister tribe, the Ute Indian Tribe (Fort Duchesne, UT) visited the Capitol for the annual Ute Day at the Capitol. This annual day of recognition honors Colorado's longest continuous residents, and the government-to-government relationship between the state and the three tribes that comprise the Ute nation.
In addition to tributes in the House and Senate, the tribes led a ceremonial dedication of Ute tribal flags, now placed in a place of prominence on the north side of the Capitol's first floor, with descriptive plaques underneath.
This new initiative was the result of collaboration between the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, the three sister tribes of the Ute nation, Capitol Visitor Services - Legislative Council Staff, and the Capitol Building Advisory Board.
The following photographs are by Erika Osterburg, Riggs Smith, and Theresa Holst.