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Published: Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:55 p.m. MDT

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Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Wow Chris B, thanks for that observation.

The Utes should be honored that an entity is using their name. Receiving "resources" has nothing to do with honor. It's simply an issue of right and wrong.


motorbike, amen. I second President Pershing's words:

"The Ute name is at the core of the cultural identity of the the Tribe and its members... An educated understanding of the tribal Utes -- as well as other native peoples in this region -- is fundamental to an informed history of our state. From that acknowledgement comes authentic and respectful fan behavior. 'Go Utes' is not simply distinctive shorthand for 'Utah.' It is a much-loved phrase that at its best recognizes -- and values -- the richness of Ute Indian history and heritage."

Joe Schmoe
Orem, UT

At least Chris didn't talk about the prestige of the pac 12 before mentioning the Utes. Sounds like a good agreement and one that will ensure that any member of the Ute tribe that wants to attend college will be able to.

Now if the sports teams of the university could just live up to the might Ute name...

Sandy, UT

I don't take quite the harsh approach as Chris, but I do wish every student earned their way into the school and every spot given to someone for just being an Indian takes away from a potentially more deserving student who isn't an Indian

Girlse State
Midvale, UT

This doesn't really make sense with all we've been hearing about the use of such names as offensive to the tribes.

Lifelong Ute
Salt Lake City, UT

@ChrisB - you need to learn some tact. Sometimes you have valid points but people get put off by your approach. As a lifelong Ute and lifelong member of this state, I just don't like the idea of the name continually being held over our heads forever. 10 years from now will they be able to come back and demand more? Is it just an endless "get what we want" card?

If anyone dared tell them flat out "no" they'd immediately be branded as bigoted.

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

Wonderful news! Glad to see such a great relationship between the school and the tribe. The Ute tribe deserves a great deal like this, and the University, which has long shown great respect for the tribe, has earned the ability to keep using the logo and name. Win win. I love the point from one of the Utes that were it not for the affiliation with the U, no one would know about the Utes.

Go Utes (the school AND the tribe). So glad to see some good sense brought to this situation.

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

I thought it was the Utah Pac 12ers. Hmm. I guess you learn something everyday.

What are all of those banners saying pac 12 flying around SLC?

Provo, UT

Does anyone know if they'll be eligible to use the featherhead jerseys that leaked a little while ago now? That would be way cool.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Let's hear from the rivals down the road in Provo. Class move by a great institution The University of Utah. On the athletic field it's great to battle and I hope we beat you every time we play. But hats off to you for making the state of Utah proud as a state owned school representing us well.


For some reason, "Our name is high and honorable...This is how much we'll sell it for" seems a little, well, contradictory...


@Girlse State

Apparently, the use of the names is only offensive if the price paid for such use isn't high enough.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm glad everything was handled exactly how it should have been. Both sides demonstrated a lot of respect and class, and both sides came out with a win.

Go Utes!

Auckland NZ, 00

I'm surprised at all the free market capitalists here who object to a corporate entity commodifying and trademarking a name and a brand. Seems out of character, except for the white tribal dimension.

Ogden, UT

Chris B you nailed it. I personally am so tired of these minority's constantly whining. Get off your hinders opportunity awaits you. Put your hands in your pockets and quit reaching for handouts.

Orem, UT

They want to make sure the Ute Tribal members who want to go to the U can afford it.

In the past year the Ute tribe received a check for 41 million dollars. And that is just for the drilling permit fees. The oil royalties are ongoing and add up to millions also. With fewer than 1500 total tribal members, I'd say they have plenty of money if education was truly a high priority.

Coalville, UT

Our white ancestors came to this land and stripped the natives of their land and culture, and displaced entire communities. If the reverse had happened, you can bet we would still be complaining. Further, when tribes do assimilate into our capitalist culture, they are somehow less than the rest of us capitalists for doing so. I don't get it. It is their name; they struck a deal. That is capitalism at work. Deserving students of all colors and ethnicities exist in this state--each and every one of them deserves an opportunity to attain a higher education. Good for the Utes for looking out for their young. I wish the white power structure cared as much about educating their deserving students as the Utes do.

Danish American
Payson, UT

Sounds like blackmail to me. We all need to bow before the Society of the Perpetually Offended and Politically Correct Society of America.

Phoenix, AZ

Pony up citizens of Utah. You're going to pay so other can go to college free. All just in time for the PAC-12 to Stanford you and tell you can't have the moniker anymore because even though the Ute tribe is alright with it, other people aren't. Only a matter of time.

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New Orleans, LA

So basically, if you pay us we won't be offended. No money, and we will take offense at you using our name.

Real class.

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