ITBC Restores Ownership of 1150 Acres of Land in Uintah & Ouray Reservation
FORT DUCHESNE, Utah — The Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee has acquired approximately 1,150 acres of land within the exterior boundaries of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. The property is in a pristine location on the east end of Blacktail Mountain in Duchesne County, bordering Tribally-owned land to the west. Previous owners of the property have kept the natural integrity of the landscape well intact, including as a migration area for deer and elk. Now that this property is under the ownership of the Tribe, the Tribe will be seeking to have the land taken into trust on behalf of the Tribe and its members.
Purchasing this land, and taking measures to place this land into trust, are critical steps in restoring the Ute Indian Tribe’s sovereign authority and control over its homeland, which has been fractured over time under the influence of non-Indian interests. The land was sold to the Tribe by a company titled Owl and the Hawk LLC through its manager, Mary Frances Stanley. Appreciating the value of placing the land back under the stewardship of the Ute Indian Tribe, Stanley offered to sell this property to the Tribe prior to entertaining any other potential purchasers