Ute Culture, Customs and Values
Regina will present Ute culture, customs, and values through song and stories, including the Ute Creation story, and by using various items from the past to the present. Learn how the Utes maintain their relationship with the environment through these three important characteristics.
Federal Indian Policy
She will present how Federal policies changed both the land use and reservation life for the Utes and how the once free-roaming Utes responded. What are the band groups, where were they originally located, and where are they currently. She will document that change from traditional leadership to current tribal governments. Other topics to be covered are how past Federal policies influence current Ute tribal governments, water settlement issues, land disputes, sovereignty, and Bears Ears National Monument. Her lectures on these two topics will provide the attendees a good understanding as to who the Utes are today and why.
About Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk
Regina was born and raised in SW Colorado and is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Towaoc, CO. She holds degrees from Chief Dull Knife College (Montana) and the American Inter-Continental University (Illinois). She has served on various tribal positions and committees and is a past member of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and a former co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. She has travelled extensively, from an early age, both advocating for the land, water, air, and animals and educating others of the Ute culture through song, dance, and speeches. This September she became the Education Coordinator at the Ute Museum in Montrose.