Ute Indian Tribe

June 15, 2020


Good Morning Friends & Relatives,









As of Today the Ute Indian Tribe has Zero cases. Uintah County has 20 COVID-19 cases with 10 recovered, while Duchesne County has 10 cases, 1 hospitalization with 9 recovered.


Ute Tribal Business Committee would like to remind everyone that with Utah opening in areas throughout the State, the Travel Ban for Tribal Members and Tribal Employee’s is still in effect until further notice.  Curfew on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation is still effective within the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to all residents that reside on the U & O Indian Reservation.



This is a reminder that if you are a resident of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation you are required to quarantine for 14 days and tested on the 8th day , or quarantine for the full 14 days if you have left the Tri-County area.



Employees requesting leave to attend personal business outside the Basin will be mandated to follow guidelines set forth by UIT Administration Department:


  • Employees will notify supervisor if they will be leaving the Uintah Basin.

  • Employee will take personal leave and forfeit administrative leave for the day requested, including 14 days for the quarantine period upon return to the basin.

  • Employee will be mandated to take a COVID-19 test on the 8th day of incubation period, if they refuse to be tested, they will be advised to quarantine for the full 14 days.

  • Employees will return to work only after they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

  • If employee leaves the Uintah Basin without notification to employer, the individual will forfeit their administrative leave, and will be forced to take leave without pay for the duration of the quarantine period (14 days). They will also be subject to take a COVID-19 test after 8 days into their incubation period and will not be allowed back to work until a negative test result is provided.



Fishing and camping is suspended until further notice for non-tribal residents, and camping and fishing is only available to Ute Tribal members within the borders of the Reservation.


            Just a reminder that guidelines are in place for the protection of the Ute Tribal Membership, we ask that you wear your masks when you come to the Tribal Business Center as a curtesy to the public.


Security Protocol will remain the same when entering the Tribal Business Center, no one will be allowed in the Tribal Offices unless prior arrangements are made. All forms for assistance will remain available in the front area by the front door, security will relay messages to departments if you have any questions.


            Indian Health Services (IHS) will continue offering COVID-19 testing on Wednesday’s at the following times: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can call (435) 725-6815 to schedule an appointment. If you have not taken the test, we encourage you to do so. The testing is free to Tribal membership and Tribal descendants who have charts with IHS.


Emergency Management would like to remind the seniors 65+ who got the activity packets to notify the department if they have completed the workbooks. Seniors who have completed their activity books will receive a gift from the Education Department.


Emergency Management Department is also still spraying elderly homes upon request, and cleaning yards for elderly 65+, you can contact Felicia Pike-Cuch (UIT Emergency Manager) at (435) 725-4891 for more information.




There are 3 phases that need to happen for the U&O IHS Health Center to return to normal operations. The U&O IHS Health Center will begin phase 2 starting June 8th.


  • Tele-health will still be used as often as possible.

  • Dr. Mickelson (behavior health) will return to the clinic and will see patients in person and via tele-health (June 1st)

  • Dr. Strange (podiatry) will not be limited to the types of appointments he sees and will remain at a half day once a week.

  • Chiropractic services will now be scheduled for Dr. Humpherys.

  • Women’s health exams will now be seen (June 2nd)

  • Optometry will begin to see routine care and will be scheduled per Dr. Zubel’s discretion.

  • Diabetic Clinic will reopen but will be seen in the main clinic.

  • The Wellness Center and Gym will remain closed.

  • The pre-check-in tent will remain and ALL patients will continue to be required to wear a mask.

  • There will still only be allowed one parent, guardian, or assistant to accompany a patient if needed.

  • Wednesday Drive through COVID-19 testing will continue until we see a less than 15 people come through each Wednesday.





Crews completed the first round of paving this week. They will be shifting the work zone to the north side to the road starting Tuesday night, June 9th. Traffic will be down to one-lane with flaggers Tuesday and Wednesday nights between 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., approximately. Motorists should plan ahead for potential delays of up to 15 minutes through this area. Crews installed 12,000 feet of lineal pipe and completed the waterline for Phase 1. They added 2.5 feet of fill and road base to build up the new section of road. The speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph through the work zone during construction. Road construction is anticipated to run through the end of this year. Improvements include: Adding an eastbound passing lane, center turn lane, and widening shoulder areas to enhance safety and improve mobility.


Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some weekend work may take place. For further questions and concerns you can reach there line @ (855-740-8740)





PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the COVID-19 Epidemic we feel to close all Fishing in Indian Country on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation to all Non-Members of the Ute Indian Tribe. We are electing to do this in an effort to help protect the people, this includes boating and camping. Please keep your social distancing the recommended 6 feet apart. Use mask when possible to keep from passing it along to an elder or a person who may have a compromised immune system. This does NOT mean fishing is closed to Tribal Members during the Covid-19 Epidemic, Fishing is temporarily closed to Non-Tribal Members ONLY. This is in effect as of April 6, 2020. - For any questions call there office @ (435-722-5511)





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





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





Sal Wopsock, BC member also mentioned if anyone is needing water to contact him @ (435)725-4002


The Business Committee would like to remind everyone that “All restrictions regarding the Corona Virus are still in place as of (Monday 4/20/20), including travel in and out of the Uintah Basin”. This important safety measure is in place to protect the general health and welfare of our tribal members. Continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, wearing a mask in public places, using hand sanitizers, checking on the health and needs of the elderly and handicap, etc.


For more questions call (435-725-4987)





Is accepting applications for 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom units for low income rental program.


For more information call: (435-722-4656)





ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of the Interior Indian Mineral Owners. ONRR would like to let the mineral owners know that they are still operating, processing payments, as well as processing distributions. Their outreach group is also answering phones, so if you have any questions or concerns, please call them @ (1-800-982-3226)





IT IS SPRINGTIME: Flowers are blooming and yards are getting greener… They would like to remind residents to water their lawns and gardens at night or early in the morning to help keep water regulated at normal pressures during the day.





The Water Settlement CO-OP Department is taking applications, the applications are located in the back door they can also be returned at the back door, as they are closed they will need to call Kim Thompson CO-OP Manager @ (435-823-7212)





West Nile Virus Is Headed Our Way, 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.


Mosquito are produced in enormous numbers if irrigation water can pool and stand idle in pasture, at the bottom of a field or in other low spots where wastewater accumulates.


After being flooded, mosquito eggs laid on dry land will hatch and develop from aquatic larvae into flying, biting adults in 2-7 days. As many as ten million mosquitoes can be produced on just one acre land that has been flooded with irrigation water. This same acre can and will produce MILLIONS of mosquitoes with EACH irrigation cycle all season long.




Not allowing wastewater to pool and stand idle or by


Establishing and maintaining drainage lines to remove excess water and


Call the Ute Indian Tribe Mosquito Abatement (435-725-4839) at the BEGINNING of each -> irrigation cycle. This will ensure that the abatement crew knows your wastewater will be pooling and needs immediate treatment to kill larvae in the water.



A call BEFORE mosquitoes can escape from standing water on your property will prevent a call later


telling us the mosquitoes you have produced are making outdoor activities unbearable.





Biting adult mosquitoes often fly in substantial numbers many miles from their standing water sources. The use of truck mounted foggers is of little real value when used to control widely dispersed flying adult mosquito populations. The abatement field technician can us his time far more effectively by killing millions of mosquito larvae per acre of flooded ground instead of chasing the same mosquitoes as flying adults over an area of 100 or more square miles. 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. Mosquito Abatement can be reached @ (435-725-4839)





Job Fair Tuesday June 30th, 2020 starting @ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to register go to jobs.utah.gov create an account or sign in to my job search. Find the virtual job fair on your calendar, and select the event.





Ute Home Mortgage LLC

- Mortgage Officer

Fish & Wildlife

- Director

Natural Resource

- Director

Social Service

- Director (Certified)

Ute Housing Authority

- Grounds Keeper


- Security Officer





Ute Bison Project Corrals

- Yard Hand

Ute Crossing Grill

- Prep Cook           

- Server

- Host/Hostess

- Line Cook

- Head Chef

- Events Supervisor

- Restaurant Catering/Manager

- Fry Bread and Tortilla Maker

Ute Lanes

- Bowling Clerk/Pin Chaser : Full time

Fort Duchesne Ute Petroleum

- Cashier (3) Positions : Part time

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

Myton Ute Petroleum

- Manager

- Deli Worker (3) Positons : Part time


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





The next Bulletin Deadline: Monday June 22, 2020. Bulletin will be out: Monday June 29, 2020. Please submit your articles and photos to Ute Bulletin Office to, reginam@utetribe.com,


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