Remembering Ute Mountain Ute Ernest House Sr.

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We’re remembering a man who’s credited with leading the Ute Mountain Ute tribe into the 21st century. Ernest House, Sr. became chairman more than 30 years ago. At the time, the southern Colorado tribe was struggling with poverty and crime. House made economic development a priority and managed to cut crime. He also lobbied Washington to reverse long-held national injustices against Native Americans. Ernest House Sr. died in a motorcycle accident in September. He was 65. He was honored in Congress a few days later, by Colorado Republican Scott Tipton. Ryan Warner talks with House's son, Ernest House Jr., who's dIrector of government affairs for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Warner also talks with Troy Eid, who is chairman of the Indian Law and Order Commission.

[Photo: Carol Berry]