Ute Indian Tribe

July 20, 2020


Good Morning Friends & Relatives,


UIT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: As of Today the Ute Indian Tribe has 4 COVID-19 cases. Uintah County has 62 COVID-19 cases, 5 hospitalizations with 31 recovered, while Duchesne County has 48 cases, 2 hopitalization with 15 recovered.

Governor Gary R. Herbert has mandated masks to be mandatory for children when returning to public school for fiscal year 2020-2021. We encourage parents to start making masks for your students in preparations for returning to school. Ute Tribe Emergency Management will be providing demo’s on their Facebook page for parents who are interested in making masks for their child/children. We will be providing step by step demos for sewing and non-sewing mask for anyone interested in making them for their families. We ask you to tune in on our Facebook page for more information on posting dates and times.

Parents of school children are encouraged to get online and fill out a survey on survey monkey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P6PYL85), to assist the Ute Indian Tribe Education Department. These surveys will help determine what your child’s needs are and how they can assist your families with your children returning to school. Please assist the department by filling out the survey and voicing your opinion.

No one can stess more than us the importance of social distancing, wearing mask in public, and washing/sanitizing your hands often. But, it is these 3 steps that will protect you and reduce the risk of you contracting the Coronavirus. We ask you not to hug or shake hands, but find another way to distantly acknowledge your neighbor (Nod or Elbow), let us all protect one another. Emergency Management Department is also still spraying elderly homes upon request, cleaning yards, and tree removel for elderly 65+, you can contact Felicia Pike-Cuch (UIT Emergency Manager) at (435-725-4891) for more information. Again, we ask you to like us on Facebook (Ute Tribe Emergency Management Page), or visit our information boards placed in all tribal communities. Thank You and let us continue fight the fight and stay COVID free.


-  Drive Through Testing Every Wednesday 8:15 AM until 11:45 AM. Please call and make an appointment so your test can be ordered before you drive up.

- If you need a test for a scheduled appointment on the Wasatch Front, or to return to work or because you are feeling sick, you can schedule a testing appointment Monday through Friday when the Wednesday Drive Through Testing is not open.

- If you have questions about quarantine or need assistance because you are quarantined, you can reach out to the Ute Tribe Public Health Authority at (435)725-4902.

2 New IHS Employees:

Emilee Ducote, RN will be working alongside of Roe McDonald as a Case Manager.

Natalie Garcia is the new Patient Registration Clerk at the Front Desk.

****Dr. Myers (contract doctor) is back for a few months seeing patients in the clinic.

With the increase in COVID cases in the Basin, Please wear your masks, social distance, avoid large gatherings, wash your hands and only go places that you must go to.

UTE TRIBE SENIOR PROGRAM: The Ute Senior Program is for those over Fifty-five years old & enrolled with the Ute Tribe.

  • By Ute Tribe Resolution from the Ute Business Committee, Requires all tribal members to stay home due to COVID-19.
  • As of May 2020, By Ute Tribe Resolution from the Ute Business Committee requires all tribal members to curfew due to COVID-19.

These items have not been lifted as of yet.

- Ute Tribe Senior Title Vl, Grant Meals: The Ute Senior Center meal service change is due to surrounding health conditions and to keep our tribal elderly safe, along with staff and their families. Only homebound meals will be done at this time. Be advised that meal delivery times are from 11:30 am or (earlier) to 1:35 pm. Individuals are required to keep pets, safely away from delivery staff & vehicles.

- To Best Protect Yourself:

1) Wash Hands Regularly with soap and water for more than 20 seconds.


3) Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, repeat hand wash.

4) Call ahead to the E.R or I.H.S They have a procedure in place and must be followed.

- REMINDER: The Ute Tribe does not have all its employees back to work. It is unlikely they will return anytime soon due to the rise of COVID-19 cases surrounding us.

- Again-Reminder: The Ute Senior Program doesn’t have any maintenance workers, since 2014. The tribe doesn’t have all the workers back on duty.

- ATTENTION: FOR THOSE TRAVELING OUT OF THE AREA: It is required that tribal membership check-in with UIT Emergency Management to let them know when traveling out of the basin area. This is for the safety of all tribal members. If you have traveled out of the area, and are on the meals list, it is required that we know. We will continue to delivery but measures have to be in place, 1) Self Isolation in home for required for 7 to14 days

                             2) Mask must be wore and all workers are prohibited from entering home. à

                           3) All delivery meals are to be placed in a cooler outside homes.

                           4) I.H.S and C.H.R’s will clear individuals.

                           5) Those living off the reservation that come to visit, again let Ute Emergency Management know of this visit.

We are still in a health crisis, things have changed and for the survival of our people we must all be understanding and trust the leadership at this time. Don’t forget to wear a mask, bandana, scarf to help protect yourself and others. For any questions feel free to call the office (435-725-4231)


NATURAL RESOURCE DEPARTMENT: At this time, the Natural Resource Department would like all tribal membership who required an Agriculture/Home site Assignment to please come into our office or call and provide a current mailing address and phone number. Please feel free to contact the Resource office @ (435-725-4829) or (435-725-4838)



HIGHWAY 40 GUSHER UPDATE: Paving will take place on the north side of U.S. 40 between Lapoint Highway and Cottonwood Road starting Tuesday, July 21. There will be several hours that afternoon when the paving operation will block access to driveways and side roads on the north side of U.S. 40. Motorist can us 2000 North as a detour to access side roads. Paving will finish on Wednesday. Beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, U.S. 40 will shift down to one lane with flaggers controlling traffic. Construction crews will be moving barriers and setting up a new work zone overnight. All lanes will be open by 5 a.m. Wednesday. Remember speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph through the work zone during construction. Please keep a safe following distance from construction vehicles and equipment

Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Except for night work Today Tuesday July 21, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. For further questions and concerns you can reach there line @ (855-740-8740)


UTE TRIBE TRANSIT: The Ute Tribe Transit is On-Call should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Transit please call (435-823-8880)

UTE LANGUAGE: DUE to the respect for our tribal members – Safety First Always. No Classes are scheduled until further notice. Thank You from Maylee Mountain.


UIT HOUSING AUTHORITY: Is accepting applications for 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom units for low income rental program. For more information call: (435-722-4656)


TRIBAL OPIOID RESOURCE CENTER: 2020 Intertribal Opioid Wellness Summit. Hope, Healing, & Resiliency. Online Community Gathering. Adults & Teens. July 28th – 31st, 2020. 9:30 am – 12:45 pm. For question contact Michelle Chapoose @ (435-722-1200)

UIT MOSQUITO ABATEMENT: Please Help Us Help You. It is a goal of the Ute Indian Tribe Mosquito Abatement to provide you and your neighbors with the finest level of public health mosquito control possible. We cannot achieve this critically important goal without your cooperation and help. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILTY OF EVERY CITIZEN WHO PRODUCES MOSQUITOES ON THEIR PROPERTY TO HELP ENSURE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF NOT ONLY THEIR FAMILY, BUT OF THEIR NEIGHBORS AND THE PUBLIC. A SIMPLE PHONE CALL HELPS EVERYONE. We received our mosquito testing results back. We have the state’s first West Nile Positive for 2020. The area that has tested positive is around 4000N on the Lapoint HWY. I would like to remind everyone that West Nile Virus is avoidable if you protect yourselves. Use an EPA approved repellent, wear long sleeves and pants. Also dump all containers that can hold water. We have made arrangements with the Uintah Mosquito Abatement District to provide additional truck spraying in this area. We are having some issues with one of our spray rigs, until this gets repaired we will be down to one truck. If anyone has any questions please get ahold of us. Mosquito Abatement can be reached @ (435-725-4839)



Ute Home Mortgage LLC

- Mortgage Officer

Fish & Wildlife

- Director

Natural Resource

- Director

Social Service

- Director (Certified)

Ute Housing Authority

- Executive Director

- Grounds Keeper


- Security Officer

Adult Court

- Prosecutor

- Public Defender

BIA/OJS Law Enforcement

- Tribal Police Officer

Tribal Transportation Program

- Transportation Director



Ute Plaza

- Lead Cashier

- Meat Lead

Ute Crossing Grill

- Server

- Line Cook

- Head Chef

Fort Duchesne Ute Petroleum

- Manager

- Stocker

- Cashier (3) Positions : Part time

- Krispy Crunchy Chicken Worker (3) Positions : Part Time

Myton Ute Petroleum

- Manager

- Manager on Duty

- Cashier

- Deli Worker (3) Positons : Part time

For more information contact: the Human Resource Office @ (435-725-4017)


UTE BULLETIN DEADLINE: The next Bulletin Deadline: Monday August 3, 2020. Bulletin will be out: Monday August 10, 2020. Please submit your articles and photos to Ute Bulletin Office to, reginam@utetribe.com,

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