The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe are the Weeminuche band of the Ute Nation of Indians. The two other bands, the Mouache and the Capote became the Southern Ute Tribe. The Northern Ute Bands (the Uncompahgre band, the Grand River band, the Yampa band, and the Uinta band) are located on the Uinta Ouray Reservation near Vernal, Utah.
The Ute Indians are distinguished by the Ute language, which is Shoshonean, a branch of the UtoAztecan linguistic stock (Garcia and Tripp, 1977). Other Indians in the United States that speak Shoshonean are the Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and several California Tribes.
Currently we are populated at a litle over 2,000 members and has remained that since
The Weeminuche Band inhabited the land along the western flank of the Rocky Mountains in the area of the present states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Weerninuche homelands included all the lands that they normally protected and regularly traveled through. Weeminuche lands extended north of the San Juan River in what is now New Mexico and Utah to the San Miguel River in Colorado and the La Sal Mountains in Utah (Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 1985). The Continental Divide bounded their eastern range, and the Abajo Mountains in Utah marked their western boundary. These lines were vague in definite limits and bands of Utes and other tribes shared border areas. Ancestors ofthe Allen Canyon White Mesa Utes and Paiutes lived in the western part of Weeminuche territory in what is now eastern Utah and Arizona.
Six years after the Indians Reorganization Act of 1934, the Weeminuche Band at Ute Mountain Ute Reservation organized a tribal government and enacted a tribal constitution (Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 1985). The Weeminuche Band became the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
The governing body of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is the Tribal Council consisting of seven members. The Council is elected by popular vote of Tribal membership. The Chairman of the Tribal council is selected through popular vote for a three year term. The Council governs the Reservation and manages a tribal government.
Most of the administrative positions are staffed by Tribal employees.
Funds to run the Tribal government are provided by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and by contractual agreements with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, and Indian Health Services.
The Tribe is structured as a Federal Corporation that may be used for business purposes in developing financial growth and Tribal economy.
Our Tribal Council
MISSION STATEMENT OF UTE MOUNTAIN UTE TRIBE
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe strives to uphold the Tribal Ancestral Vision and Leadership in order to preserve and protect our lands, Tribal sovereignty, language, history, culture and the general welfare of the NUCHU; Serves to provide for the long term economic needs of the Tribe and its members through economic development of Tribal Resources; Enhance the quality of life; Promotes strong work ethic and personal independence for NUCHU, while strongly upholding the "government to government" relationship with local, State and Federal governments that benefits the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.