Upheaval On Southern Ute Tribal Council

September 4, 2015

Southern Ute Indian Tribe elders say they are on track to oust five members of the Tribal Council and its chairman.

The Durango Herald reports elder Lynda D'Wolf said Thursday the signatures haven't been counted yet, but she is confident they will have enough for each petition. Recall efforts have been targeted at Chairman Clement Frost as well as Alex Cloud, Amy Barry, James M. Olguin, Mel Baker and Tyson Thompson.

The elders must obtain 275 signatures from eligible tribal voters for each petition. The final numbers will be presented in October, a month before the election.

The elders have blamed the council for a lack of job opportunities, poor communication and misguided investments, among other grievances.

Candidates for the November election will be announced Monday.