It sounds like the Utes are on the war path again. Everything will settle down
in the Basin for a few years and then something rears its head again. At least
this time the tribe isn't trying to get the original three million acres back
I live out here in Ute indian country and one thing needs to be understood by
all who think the Ute's have any semblance of a 'legal' system. They don't!What they have is a system of cronyism that serves a small number of
powerful indian family interests. Fact is, the Ute business committee is a
power unto itself with absolutely no accountability to the Northern Ute Nation.
It is virtually impossible for an individual indian to bring a case against the
committee, leaving the committee a law unto itself.Individual Ute
indians have no representation under a body of law that recognizes their
individual rights (rights they don't really possess). The whole thing is a fox
run of a jury-rigged system that looks and has the trappings of a legal system
but is anything but.Sadly, given that the tribe has not individual
land ownership (something the US government mandates), can have a business
pulled out from under them, and have no individual representation seem absurdly
similar to communism. Sadly, many Ute indians have over the years
told me this is what it is... living under communism. So much for the rule of
give it time things will calm down
are EVIL!!Plan and simple..then when one if of a different tribe such as the
long time enemy Navajo then there is a reason for the termination as according
to tradition... along with this goes the family tradition of weilding power and
the ignorance there of...i lived in such a regeim growing up and it was often
times a little hitler or leadership which constituted a dictatorship...people
disapeared who disagreed...the set up like this gives too much power to the few
and when results go against the status quo...well guess who has to go? It is
really ignorant work who put up a fascade of good leadership and push their own
agenda. when fair play is introduced they fear they will lose their evil way of
control. I hope mr Yazzie holds his course and exposes these evil practices!
Sounds like Mr. Yazzie made the mistake of following the law and going against
the Business Committee. He also found that the Business Committee and their
attorney Mr. Fredericks efforts to sidetrack recall petitions against Business
Committee members were unlawful. Unfortunately he is the most recent casualty of
this Business Committee. I have lived here my entire life, and this Council is
by far, the worste I have ever seen. Good luck to you Mr. Yazzie, I hope that
you prevail but until our tribe truly establishes a seperation of powers, I fear
you will be "BC'd", as the very people you are suing control the legal system.
This is the same problem our membership has had for years! Mr. Groves was
recalled over two years ago, the B.C. and their attorneys denied the peoples
wishes and now he was unable to make it out of the primaries so he is finally
gone. The same will happen to the other members of the BC come election time!
Someone please help the Ute Tribe!
Hmmmm. With time and education will this sort of legal practice be eliminated?
Only time and education, at least, is the answer, which I've learned from
school. As a community, we have to believe in justice -- for it to become a
reality. And sometimes the power monger takes control, and that is where danger
and destructive lie. God help those that are suffering, and the believers.
I have lived in the Uinta Basin all my life.. i have watched as "business
committee, after businesscommitte" come and go... i look around at the
reservation.. thinking, when are they going to do something good for the people?
thats who they represent... Look at the beautiful BottlehollowPlaza that
most of it is being torn down... anothertribl project "hits the dust..."
That place was sobeautiful.. i was proud when "Paul Harvey" and the"Secretary of the Interior" came here to dedicateBottlehollow Plaza... I
thought finally the Utesis doing something. But it didn't last long.Too bad for their people,, and the other comments are right... if you go
against the tribal councilyou are ousted out... they all make promises
beforeelection, but onece their in, they are soon forgotten what the
people want. This has beenhappening for over fifty years.Good Luck
to you Mr. Yazzie!!! At least you have theguts to stand up to these six
council members, whoi feel never look out for anyones intrestes butthier own.I would love to see Ute Tribal members do the samething!! Look what hapened to Ron & Luke
I live here in the Uintah Basin and i have seen thisgo on with the Ute
Tribal Council time after time.Election is coming up.. and i hear all the
promisesthat is made if the people will vote for that one orthis
one, and as soon as they get in there everything falls on "deaf ears."I'am
glad to see Judge Yazzie stand up to them, theyhave got to understand that
they are not undespensible, that there is laws that everyone hasto live
by, including them.Too bad because Judge Yazzie was a good judge.Good Luck Judge Yazzie, you have more supporters then you think you do. We
will be watching to seewhat becomes of this...in the meantime you need to
let other tribes know of the injustices that existhere on the Ute
Reservation that is controlled bysix individuals.Good Luck!!
interesting scenario, but not uncommon in Indian Country, contracted judicial
officers is a way of maintaining the course of power, if you wish to continue
employment always be conscious of the political agenda, on the flip side, if Mr.
Yazzie entered the ruling in accord with the Ute Tribal laws, for whatever the
outcome of his suit, he should walk away content knowning he was impartial and
upheld the integrity of law.
Yeah, I love the law in Indian country. After working within or aroung Indian
law since 2003, you see all sorts of odd cases, even from the Tribes themselves.
And my fellow Native's, this is "soveriegnty" at its best, I believe His Honor
will realize that the this case will drag on for a long time and may end up in
the US Supreme Court. I used to believe that Tribal law was fun, I still do,
but it is fun and "confusing" and will be watching this case.
If you think things are bad on the Ute rez, take a look at what is happening on
the Hopi reservation in Arizona. The Hopi Tribal Council, for purely political
reasons, fired Chief Judge Gary LaRance, Hopi Appellate Court Judges Patricia
Sekaquaptewa and Fred Lomayesva and Chief Prosecutor Dorma Sahneyah. They also
removed Tribal Chairman Benjamin Nuvamsa. All these individuals are highly
trained Hopis in the law. All, except Ben Nuvamsa, are law school graduates and
members in good standing of the Arizona and California Bar Associations. The
Hopi Council completely shut down the Hopi Appellate Court which had been
exercising appellate court jurisdiction since 1972 and has handled hundreds of
appeals and handed down just as many Legal Opinions on Hopi legal issues. The
Hopi Council transferred appellate jurisdiction, and thereby its tribal
sovereignty to the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) in New
Mexico. All in the name of politics! Now that goes way beyond firing one
judge. These fired Hopi Judges have filed several lawsuits in the Hopi Trial
Court. The Hopi Courts have not heard the cases. The cases are two years old
with no resolution.
I to have lived on the Ute Reservation almost all my life and this the worst
case of dictatorship a from a tribal council I have ever witnesse. Judge Yazzie
was apointed by the Tribal Council what kind of a judge do they want? a crooked
one whom will beckon to there unlawful call, as for the Tribal Attorney Mr.
Fredrickson! What has he done for the tribe? to be paid over a million dollars
for doing nothing last year I hear.
I too hope that Judge Yazzie will prevail on this, he knew tradition & respected
Ute culture. He knows Indian ways. Those prosecutors who say their Indian &
Tribal Attorney's did not watch out for the tribe's jurisdiction nor the
traditions, mainly because they were born & raised in the white world. There's
nothing wrong with that, but they forgot or don't know traditions because it was
never learned, Judge Yazzie knew all of that & respected it. Now, I understand
the council is 'crying' around that theres no judge who unders the 'Indian way'
of life. Hey,You had one! It's like they cut their noses off to spite their
face. Judge Yazzie protected all who came before him. Election made no
difference here,same ole ones are back with their still stupid ideas. They don't
protect the tribe they protect their family. It does not say much for those who
voted them back in. I'm glad alot of people support him, even though we would
lose money its money well spent.
Yes, Judge Yazzie has the gut's to stand up for whats right for justice. He was
releasd because he did not give into Curtis Cesspooch and his goonie's
"Dictators" the membership are at the "Mercy" of this tribal council in place
today whom got into office with lies and decite, promising big pay-out in tribal
dividends. Larry Yazzie hang in there and do what you have to. Were tired of
corrupt tribal council getting their way this administration is worst the Ute
Indian Tribe have ever had. Besides Luke & Ron glad they didn't back into