Ute Indian Tribe

June 22, 2020

Good Morning Friends & Relatives,

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: As of Today the Ute Indian Tribe has Zero cases. Uintah County has 27 COVID-19 cases with 11 recovered, while Duchesne County has 10 cases, 0 cases with 10 recovered.

Ute Tribal Business Committee would like to remind the membership that No Travel Ban Restrictions or Curfew have been rescinded. The State of Utah’s numbers of COVID-19 cases have risen 400-500 cases daily.  With that said, we are taking extra precaution and have extended our Stay-at-Home Order for all residents on the U & O Indian Reservation. This order protects the Tribal and Non-Tribal who live on the reservation, and must adhere to all restrictions from the Ute Tribal Business Committee.

Employees of the Ute Indian Tribe and Tribal Entities will adhere to the following guidelines when requesting leave from the Uintah Basin for medical or personal business:

  • Employees will notify employer if they are leaving the Tri County area (Duchesne, Daggett, and Uintah Counties).
  • Employee will take personal annual leave for the day missed, and forfeit their administrative leave.
  • Employee will quarantine 14 days upon arrival to the Uintah Basin.
  • Employee is recommended to be tested on the 8th day of the incubation period, once the test results come back negative they can resume their daily work schedule.
  • Employees who leave the basin without notification will forfeit their Administrative Leave and will take leave without pay until after their quarantine period of 14 days. They will not be allowed to return to work without a negative COVID-19 test.

Ute Tribe Business Center will remain closed to public, security protocol will continue to be exercised to protect the public and its employees. If you are sick we recommend you to call and make arrangements to handle your business. Sick employees or public need to refrain from coming to business center, if you have a temperature of 100.4, we recommend you stay home and away from the public.

The Tribal Council and Emergency Management would like to thank the membership and public who have respected the Travel Ban in place by the Tribal leadership and ask that you continue to do so for the time being. We ask that you take extra precaution in your everyday lives and continue to wash/sanitize your hands, social distance in public places, and wear your masks where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Ute Tribal Business Committee would like to remind the membership and all employees of the Ute Indian Tribe that in order to protect ourselves and the people around us we can’t let our guard down. We need to do our part and stay COVID Free, we ask you to exercise precaution and take safety measures to protect your families and your neighbors. Emergency Management Department is also still spraying elderly homes upon request, and cleaning yards for elderly 65+. If you also received an activity packet and completed theà booklets, please contact Felicia Pike-Cuch (UIT Emergency Manager) at (435) 725-4891 for more information.

JULY SUNDANCE NOTICE: Jerry Tapoof will be having a meeting for all dancers & campers. June 26th @ 5:00 p.m. located at the Sundance Grounds. For any questions you can contact him @ (435-724-1918)

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


·       As of April 2020, 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 VI, Grant-Meals:

The Ute Senior Center meal service change is due to surrounding health conditions and too keep our tribal elderly safe. Along with staff & their families only homebound meals will be done at this time. Be advised that meal delivery times are from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm & BEYOND May to end of July 2020.  

Please continue to oversee Pets, keep them safety away from delivery staff & vehicles.   

Ute Tribe Senior Title VI, Ute Caregiver Support program for 2019-2020:

Currently the CDC has advised especially for the Elderly to stay home & limit visitors.  Right now we’re have limited supply of lending items.   


Ute Tribe Senior Citizen Program:

Have been keeping up with information from the World Health Organization, the CDC & Admin. HHS guidelines & information for Tribal Elder Care in regards to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The advisement for all ages to limit public areas or if in public wear a mask.     We have limited masks available for tribal seniors & caregiver only.


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 wash hands,  

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


- If there are different health concerns seek medical care early.  Call C.H.R. for medical needs, picking up medication from I.H.S.  

- Again, the Senior Program - Does-Not have a maintenance crew/workers.  This group of workers were moved to another program back in October 1, 2014 and their funding.


Please everyone use caution and be safe.  This virus will be around us for a while according to scientist and health officials.  Office: (435) 725-4231

U&O I.H.S CLINIC: 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.


HIGHWAY 40 GUSHER UPDATE: 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)


UTE TRIBE FISH & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT: 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)


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.



  • 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)


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


NATURAL RESOURCES REVENUE: 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)

UTE TRIBE WATER SYSTEM: 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.


WATER SETTLEMENT: 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)


UIT MOSQUITO ABATEMENT: 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 byà 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)


UTAH’S STATEWIDE VIRTUAL: 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)


UTE BULLETIN DEADLINE: The next Bulletin Deadline: Monday July 6, 2020. Bulletin will be out: Monday July 13, 2020. Please submit your articles and photos to Ute Bulletin Office to, reginam@utetribe.com,

NOTICE: Regarding Ute Bulletin Submissions: When submitting information, photo or flyers, please submit in the format of a word document, submit photos in the form of jpeg, and submit flyers in the form of Adobe PDF or send the original digital creation. This will ensure that submission can remain in good quality when printed.    

FRIENDLY REMINDER: Daily Business will be through EMAIL or the office’s DROP BOX in front of the building due to the precaution of COVID-19. Please submit your Radio News to Ute Bulletin/Public Relation Department by noon (12:00 pm) On Mondays, email information to heidib@utetribe.com or reginam@utetribe.com

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