Ute Indian Tribe

June 29, 2020


Good Morning Friends & Relatives,


EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: As of today, June 30, 2020, the Ute Indian Tribe has zero cases. Uintah County has 31 cases with 1 hospitalization and 14 recovered. While, Duchesne County has 14 cases with 1 hospitalization and 10 recovered.

Emergency Management Department and the Ute Tribal Business Committee would like to thank all the Tribal individuals who came forward and provided us with information regarding their presence at last Thursdays carnival in Vernal City. All individuals are in self-isolation and were provided information on how to quarantine and self-isolate, and what signs to look for while monitoring their health. Families received packets that provided information on where and how to get tested once they reach the 7 day isolation period. We also ask that Tribal Members who leave the Basin for personal or medical reasons, follow the same protocol when returning to the Basin from any hot spot area. They can also call the Emergency Management Department at (435) 725-4901 for an information packet on “how to self-isolate and quarantine”. A Reminder to those individuals under self-isolation, be respectful to your neighbors and your community, remain in your homes during your quarantine. If you need essential items and food, you need to make contact with family to assist you with those items to get you through the week. Please do not put people at risk, it is your duty to protect the elder’s and members of the community.

COVID-19 testing sites include: Indian Health Services (IHS), they provide drive-thru testing’s on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., you will need to call 435-725-6815 to schedule an appointment. Also, Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt and Tri-County Health Department in vernal offer free testing daily, you need to schedule an appointment online at Testutah.com. If you do not have the means to make an appointment online, stop by the Emergency Management Department located at the old Tribal Courthouse and we can help make an appointment for you.

The Ute Tribal Business Committee would also like to remind the Tribal membership that no bans have been lifted. The travel ban and tribal curfew are still in effect until further notice. The goal of the Tribe is to protect the membership and their neighbors, so these guidelines need to be followed and respected. Employees found breaking these rules will forfeit their administrative leave and will have to self-isolate for 14 days and take leave without pay. Those employees who notify the Tribe that they are leaving the area for personal/medical reasons will have to use their annual leave and will also forfeit their administrative leave. Those employees will also have to self-isolate/quarantine for 14 days once they return to the Basin. As a safety measure employees will not be allowed to return to work until they provide a negative COVID-19 test result from either testing location.

In order to prevent and reduce the risk of contact with COVID-19, we ask that you continue to wash and sanitize your hands often, social distance, and wear a mask where social distancing is unable to maintain. These simple actions could save your life and save the lives of your neighbors.

Firework season is upon us with the Fourth of July Holiday and we ask all Tribal members to take cautionary measures to prevent fires. This season is very dry with high winds; a small spark could ignite quickly and spread throughout vast areas where brush is high and dry. Use fireworks in a clear open area, on a flat surface, and away from brush. Please monitorà children while operating sparklers and firecrackers, make sure you have a water hose available to douse fireworks once ignition is complete.

Safety is our goal in all aspect, whether it should be the Coronavirus, Fire, and Floods. Please be protected during the 4th of July Holiday and take safety measures. Stay hydrated in the heat, and take cover during strong storms to avoid lightning strikes. Provide family with information on where, when, and how long you will be gone if you are going fishing, camping, or hiking. Be safe and have a safe holiday.


NORTHERN UTE JULY SUNDANCE: July 24, 25, 26, 27, 2020. Jerry C. Tapoof, Sundance Chief. Northern Ute Sundance Grounds East of Neola, Utah.

DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTION: This year ONLY, Open to Local Dancers and Singers. Will be Temperature checks at the Main Gate, for the public before entering the Sundance Grounds This will be done every time you re-enter the Sundance grounds. Curfew will be still Enforce: 10 PM to 5:00 AM.

ONLY ONE MAIN ENTERANCE: Traffic will enter at the main Sundance gate, coming in and going out, all side gates will be blocked off.

SAFETY PLAN: Limited Campers. Due to Social gathering protocol, remember to distance yourself 6 foot apart. There will be NO Stands. Regrettably there will be NO Feast this year only. If you have any questions or concerns contact: Jerry C. Tapoof @ (435-724-1918)

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. à

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)

Weekly Truck Mounted Spray Route:



Driver Assigned


Rick Chapoose Jr

Lapoint-Ft. Duchesne

Willie Knight

Indian Bench-HillTop

Sterling Tabbee


Willie Knight


Dion Martinez

Myton, Friday-Sunday

Sterling Tabbee


Dion Martinez


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,

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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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