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Northern Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Ute Reservation of Utah
When the Mormons settled in the Wasatch Valley in the 1840s, they tried to convert the Utes, as the Book of Mormon said that dark-skinned people were the chosen people. Some Utes accepted the Mormon religion and became farmers; others resisted. In the following years, as the Mormons encroached more and more onto Ute land, fighting began. Following a major battle, the Mormons asked the government for removal of the Utah bands. They were placed on the Uintah Valley Reservation in 1861 by President Lincoln.
In 1881, Ute bands in Colorado were also restricted to the Uintah Valley Reservation. Two more bands were sent to the newly established Uncompahgre Reservation in eastern Utah in 1882. In 1886, the Uintah and Ouray agencies consolidated as the Uintah and Ouray Ute Reservation, which expanded in 1882 to include the more southerly Uncompahgre Reservation and the Hill Creek Extension in 1948.
Mineral resources are an economic asset, and total Ute Indian oil production averages over 1,000 barrels a day. Most of the reservationís communities have a post office, general store, and clothing stores. Auto repair shops are also located on the reservation.
Nearby Flaming Gorge on the Green River is a local tourist attraction, as is Fort Duchesne, formerly an army post. The annual Northern Ute Bear Dance, a ladiesí-choice social dance unique to the Utes, is held in late April or early May. The tribe also offers an annual powwow in the summer.
Children attend public schools on or near the reservation.
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Northern Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Ute
Information from: http://www.fema.gov/regions/viii/tribal/tribalmap.shtm
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