Re-establishing connection with White River Utes |

Re-establishing connection with White River Utes

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

MEEKER – The White River National Forest is proud to announce the next step in re-establishing a connection with the White River Utes.

This July 27 and 28, the inaugural Smoking River Pow Wow will take place in Meeker at Ute Park.

The White River Ute Tribe, which was removed from northwest Colorado in the 1800s to a reservation in Utah, has recently begun the process of reconnecting with the community. This past September, the Utes were officially invited to return for a series of cultural events. Civic and tribal leaders then began planning an even larger event, and the idea for the Pow Wow was born.

The Pow Wow is a gathering and a time for Indian peoples to come together to sing and dance as well as honor the heritage that has been passed down to them from their ancestors. The highlight of the Pow Wow is competitive dancing that involves a variety of styles. The Smoking River Pow Wow will also include crafts and food vendors, as well as guest speakers discussing Ute culture and Pow Wow etiquette.

Civic leaders in Meeker are helping to make the Ute’s Pow Wow a success. A planning committee is made up of representatives from the Meeker Chamber of

Commerce, the Bureau of Land Management, the Rio Blanco County Historical

Society and the White River National Forest.

For more information on donating, becoming a local vendor at the event or volunteering, contact Lynn Lockwood with the White River National Forest at

(970) 878-4039, or Aaron Grimes, (970) 878-3801, at the Bureau of Land Management.

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