Miuke! (Hello)!" Ute Indian Tribe Head Start welcomes you to the Uintah & Ouray Reservation located in the beautiful Uintah Basin. The Ute Indian Tribe was one of the original grantees for Head Start starting its services in 1966.
Over the years Ute's program has seen a lot of changes. It has progressed from 1 classroom in Fort Duchesne to 11 classrooms at 6 different sites. We also have the option of home based education.
Their program currently serves 215 children. Over half of the children are from the Ute Tribe with the remainder coming from throughout the Uintah Basin area.
Each year, to celebrate the unique culture of the Ute Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe Head Start program holds its "Mini-Pow Wow." All of the children participate in the event. The activity is well attended and consists of a grand entry where everyone is in traditional native regalia. Throughout the morning the children and audience members are invited to participate in the dancing.
Another exciting event is the spring "Bear Dance." This is a tradition unique to the Ute Tribe. Ute Indian Tribe Head Start is fortunate to hold their own version of the Bear Dance in the tribe's Bear Dance Corral. The event brings out many community members to see the children dance in the traditional location for the Bear Dance.
The Ute Indian Tribe Head Start program is committed to providing quality services to the children and families of the Uintah Basin. They will continue to enhance the great cultural traditions of the Ute Indian Tribe and become a voice for the children who are the future of this area.
The Ute Indian Tribe Head Start invites you to drive a little out of your way and come visit them on the reservation. You're always welcome.