Ute Indian Tribe

Ute News for the Week of October 4, 2021


Good morning Ute Country!


The Business Committee established the American Rescue Plan Act Disaster Relief Program (“Program”) to provide emergency assistance grants to Tribal members to meet reasonable and necessary expenses that have been incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Business Committee has determined that as a result of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the global pandemic has and will continue to strain the resources of Tribal membership, necessitating the need for additional Program distributions to Tribal members. The health and safety of the Tribe and its members is the utmost priority of the Business Committee. This Notice contains information regarding additional Program distributions and how to access its benefits.

Applications may be accessed on the Ute Tribe’s website at utetribe.com

Again, here is the contact information. Email: DisasterRelief@utetribe.com Phone: (435) 725-4034 Fax: (435) 722-1202


-Wellbriety: “Mending Broken Hearts” Native American Grief Recovery Meeting. Meeting times: Every Wednesday 10am – 11:30am. Call Rebecka McNeil to sign up @ 435-725-2868

- Building Healthy Boundaries Group all are welcome every Tuesday from 3 to 4 pm.  All classes are held on the Zoom platform. To sign up contact UIT A/SAPP @ 435-722-3234

- 6 week Anger Management Class Every Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30pm. All classes are held on the Zoom platform. For any questions or more information on how to get started contact Adam Twiss Case Manager @ 435-823-0837

- Stepping Stones A.A. 12 Step Recovery Meeting Discussion Thursday’s at 12pm noon on zoom. For more information on how to get started contact Adam Twiss @ 435-823-0837.


Would like to encourage the following due to the increase cases of COVID-19:

Continue wearing face masks, continue to wash and sanitize your hands, and stay at home as much as possible.

If you are not vaccinated, please wear the face mask, continue sanitizing your hands and consider getting vaccinated.

This virus isn’t going anywhere, please be safe.

Also with this heat, please keep yourself hydrated, check on our elders and your family regularly.

The Ute Tribe Business Committee would like to see our membership COVID-19 free. Thank you for your cooperation! Stay Safe, and stay Ute Proud…Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee.

-The “Ute Proud” University of Utah football game is scheduled for October 16. If you are interested in participating in the halftime performance.

Please be advised that all participants must adhere to the Tribe’s COVID policy requirements, and 1. Participants must be vaccinated with proof of vaccination, 2. Participants must be 12 years or older, and 3. Participants must provide their own transportation to the game in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday October 16.

Rooms are limited and priority will be given to households with the most dancers participating.

For additional information contact Ronee K Wopsock Pawwinnee at 435.823.1139.



-Only those that have been fully vaccinated will be allowed in the gym.  You will need to fill out a form and a Painted Horse staff member has to sign off that they have seen your vaccine card.  Everyone will need to go through equipment orientation with Jenny or Vodne so you know how to use the equipment properly. Once you have gone through orientation and have filled out the form, you are welcome to use the gym. For more information contact 435-725-4911.


-UIT Higher Education is NOW accepting Tribal & BIA Scholarship applications. Applications are due November 30, 2021. Spring 2022 Applications are available online at www.utetribeeducation.org



-The Emergency Employment Program is in full operation. If you are interested in participating in the Emergency Employment program contact Lena Duncan, Assistant Human Resources Director at 435.722.5141.



During Week 5 of September, the U&O IHS COVID Vaccination Clinic at the Fort Duchesne Community Building gave 47 COVID vaccinations of which 20 were prime and 27 were boost.

The U&O IHS phone system still having issues because of a server problem.  Phoenix Area IT is working to restore the phones as soon as possible.

The U&O IHS Clinic will continue to partner with Tribal Emergency Management for the Community COVID and Flu Vaccination Clinics at the Fort Duchesne Community Center.  STARTING OCTOBER 6TH WE WILL BE OFFERING THE FLU VACCINATION TO 3 MONTHS AND OLDER. These Community Clinics will be Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to all that are 12 years and older.

The U&O IHS Clinic is testing about 10 to 25 community members each day for COVID and the average positivity rate is about 15% positive this week.

The 3rd dose of the COVID Vaccination has been approved for only Pfizer recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:

65 years and older

Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings

Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions

Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings

Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings


When to get tested? Must wait at least 5 days after confirmed exposure to someone that is COVID positive.

Get tested if you have symptoms: runny nose, sinus congestion, cough, fever, loss of taste, sore throat, headaches, shortness of breath, and body aches.

Getting tested without known exposure or without having symptoms is using tests and resources that need to be saved for those that have been exposed and for those that do have symptoms.

The U&O IHS Clinic is asking that all that enter the Clinic to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. Some patients are giving push back and those that do not comply will be asked to leave until they are willing to wear a mask.

Drive through COVID testing is by appointment only at the U&O IHS Clinic, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday 9am to 11am and 1:30pm to 3pm and on Thursday 1:30pm to 3pm. Call 435-725-6815 for an appointment.

The U&O IHS Clinic will continue to offer COVID vaccinations at all clinic appointments.

Please DO NOT ENTER the U&O IHS Clinic if you have been exposed to a known positive COVID person or if you have any COVID symptoms.

U&O IHS Incident Command Team

  1. J. Slade Flitton, RN

CDR, U.S. Public Health Service

Chief Nurse Executive

Uintah & Ouray

IHS Health Center

Fort Duchesne, Utah




-Low cost spay and neuter and rabies clinic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17 at the Fort Duchesne Community building.

$15 per animal (cash only) Payment is due upon scheduling of appointment.

Pets cannot be vaccinated that have ever had an adverse reaction to vaccination.

Dogs must be leashed at all times during the clinic

Cats should be left in their carrier until vaccinated

Animals that cannot be controlled by the owner, or pose a safety risk to clinic staff, will not be served.

Contact Paula Morgan, MPH, IHS OEH&E at 435.545.7233 or paula.morgan@ihs.gov



Applications are now available.

  • Identification: Tribal ID or Driver’s license
  • Copy of utility bill (electric, gas, propane, name/address of the provider & account number
  • Social Security card (s) for entire household (for eligibility)
  • Proof of income for all adults employed in the household (most recent last two paycheck stubs)
  • Social Security, SSI (disability), Veterans Benefits, Food Stamps (Copy of check/bank statements and/or documentation of funds)
  • Birth Certificate for children 0 to 5 years old ONLY!

If you know or any fraudulent act, call the hotline at 1-888-289-8449.

Please continue paying your utility bills after submitting your application into the LIHEAP office. Thank you.


Be advised that the Fort Duchesne Gym is closed until further notice. For additional information contact the Recreation department at 435.722.2249.



Seniors department is accepting new heating applications and the Elder Intake forms for the Year 2022-2023, please turn in either with the meal delivery or hand deliver them

With the weather getting cooler please look at your propane tanks and see what percentage you have left, so we can let the company know how much is in the tank

If there are any seniors that would like to have the field nurse come and do a home visit please let us know and we can set this up for you.

Continue with placing coolers by your door for the meal delivery person, after Thursday clean out and sanitize your cooler

Some coolers have water from the rain or dust from the wind

We would like to welcome emergency employee Leomy Atwine to our department

Our Outreach/drivers are all available to transport from 8:30 am to 10:00am and then afternoon from 1:30 pm to 4:00pm

David Sorenson (435) 725-4289

Doylene Cesspooch (435)725-4288

Fabian Jenks (435)725-4284

Leomy Atwine (435) 725-4282

We encourage you to continue to call our kitchen staff Leonard Thompson or Maria Jenks and Debra Penningjack

For meal cancellation or for any questions regarding menu – (435)725-4295


-Ute Land Trust is Hiring for: *Communications and Program Manager (FT), Program Assistant (PT) & Two Interns (High School or College) Email questions or to apply by sending resume and cover letter to - Braidan@uteandtrust.org


-All Ute Tribe water users please contact the Water department to update your telephone contact information. The “Emergency Alert Notification System” is up and operating. If you do not yet receive critical information and water notifications, please call Spring at 435.725.7088 or Jenna at 435.725.4922 to update your information.


-Free Development Evaluation for children, birth to 33 months old. Evaluation testing includes:

Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Self Help, Social-Emotional Skills, Receptive & Expressive Language, and Hearing & Vision Screening

- Also PrimeTime 4 Kids is looking for a part-time Receptionist/Activities Coordinator located at our Little Blossom Center in Ft. Duchesne. For more information please call: (435) 722-5654 Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, from 8:00 am–4:00 pm



The next Bulletin Deadline: Monday October 11, 2021. Bulletin will be out: Wednesday October 20, 2021. Please submit your articles and photos to Ute Bulletin Office to, reginam@utetribe.com,



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Have a great week!