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					  Vol. XLI • No. 16 • August 14, 200 9                                                      Ignacio, Colorado • 81137- 0737                                         B u l k R a t e - U . S . P o s t a g e P erm it N o. 1

Inside                                                                           Solix: Fueling A Better World
The Drum
Voices                            2
Tribal Update                     3
Four Corners                      4
Health                            5
Archery                           6
Solix                             7
Education                         8
Sports                            9
Notices                          10
Classifieds                      11
Culture Train                    12

                                                                                                                                                                                                    photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

                                                                                                                         A vast horizon frames the recently completed Algae Biofuels Pilot Plant in Coyote Gulch on
 The Native American Heritage                                                                                          Wednesday, July 29, 2009, during the dedication ceremonies. This plant marks a milestone in the
                                                                                                                       development of alternative energy sources, and is a joint venture between Southern Ute

Train; The Southern Ute Legacy                                                                                         Alternative Energy and Solix Biofuels. Pictured below, Growth Fund Executive Director, Bruce
                                                                                                                       Valdez, and President of Southern Ute Alternative Energy, Rebecca Kauffman, wrap a Pendelton
                                                                                                                       blanket around Shane Seibel in appreciation for his blessing of the grounds during the dedica-
                                                                                                                       tion of the new biofuels facility in Coyote Gulch.

                                                                                                                        by Jeremy Wade Shockley
                                                                                                                                         Southern Ute Drum

                                                                                                                         S   outhern Ute Alternative
                                                                                                                       Energy, in partnership with Solix
                                                                                                                       Biofuels, successfully dedicated
                                                                                                                       the new Coyote Gulch Biofuels
                                                                                                                       Pilot Plant on Wednesday, July
                                                                                                                       29, 2009. Representatives from
                                                                                                                       Southern Ute Alternative Energy,
                                                                                                                       Solix, La Plata County and
                                                                                                                       Southern Ute Tribal Council
                                                                                                                       were present during the opening
                                                                                                                       ceremonies. Matthew J. Box,
                                                                                                                       Southern Ute Tribal Chairman
                                                                                                                       and Bear Dance Chief, gave a
                                                                                                                       prayer, followed by a blessing of                                            photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM
                                                                                                                       the grounds given by tribal mem-       ity illustrates why Colorado is        cent to an already existing natural
                                                                                                                       ber Shane Seibel.                      leading the nation in the manufac-     gas processing plant. The symbi-
                                                                                                                         Solix Biofuels, whose motto is       turing, production, and research of    otic relationship between these
                                                                                                                       Fueling a Better World, is a           energy efficient and renewable         two production plants is essential
                                                                                 photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM    Colorado State University startup      energy, “ Gov. Ritter said. “It’s      to the refining process of algae to
   Young dancers inter the arena in single file after the Historic Durango Silverton Train reached                     company based out of Fort              another example of how all of          fuel. A bi-product of natural gas
it’s destination at Cascade, with young Shyden Pinnecoose in the front, these dancers participat-                      Collins, Colorado. Focusing on         Colorado benefits when we work         production is Carbon Dioxide
ed in a mini powwow for a group of visiting tourists as part of the First Annual Heritage Train                        alternative energy production          together-industry, government,         (CO2), which is used to help aid
on Saturday, August 1, 2009.                                                                                           technology, Solix is making pos-       universities and residents.”           in the growing process of the
                                                                                                                       sible the large-scale commercial-         In speaking with Bob                algae used to produce biofuels.
Barbara Bustillos Cogswell the Dancers held Grand Entry months of planning, Mikki                                      ization of microalgae-based fuels      Zahradnik,       Growth       Fund        Algae based biofuels produc-
 Sales (Group Tours) Cultural Coordinator   and Southern Ute Tribal Elder         Roubideaux, CFO and Heritage         and co-products. The Coyote            Operating Director, he said the        tion began on July 16, 2009, fol-
                  Sky Ute Casino Resort     Eddie Box Jr. prepared for the        Dance Coordinator, and Ms.           Gulch Biofuels Plant is the first      idea of pursuing alternative ener-     lowing the inoculation of the
                                            blessing of the train station. Out    Andrea Seid, Director of             major step in creating a facility      gy was favored by Tribal Council       facility with microalgae.
                                            of respect, the depot guests were     Marketing for the D&SNGRR,           for full-scale production and has      from the beginning. Zahradnik             Three large water tanks are
  O     n Saturday, August 1st,             asked not to take pictures during     met at the Ignacio KSUT Radio        been achieved through Solix’s          and Southern Ute Alternative           spread out across the plant site,
2009, the “The Native American              this Native ceremonial blessing.      studios, interviewed by Lorena       partnership with Southern Ute          Energy President Rebecca               one of which is already opera-
Heritage Train; The Southern                The words that Mr. Box shared         Richards. Ms Richards began,         Alternative Energy.                    Kauffman sought out viable             tional and showing signs of algae
Ute Legacy,” held its inaugural             flowed thru the air like a song...    “Where did this idea come              Councilwoman Marjorie Borst          ideas and partnerships for invest-     growth, just under the water’s
trip as the first special event to be       and the bustling train depot fell     from?” Seid shared, “It came         said, “As we move into a new era,      ment. The Colorado based com-          surface. A large water tower
orchestrated between Sky Ute                silent as everyone stopped to         from the idea of wanting to reach    we must embrace this as a move         pany, Solix Biofuels, fit the bill.    stands above the facility, with the
Casino Resort and the Durango               hear the words of healing and         out and strengthen our relation-     forward for all Coloradoans.”             Solix meets the three primary       Solix logo clearly visible. Views
& Silverton Narrow Gauge                    compassion. After the blessing,       ship between the railroad and the    Other council members voiced           critieria for a candidate suitable     of an open horizon spread out to
Railroad. Over 30 Heritage                  the dancers and parents, guests       community and have people            their own hopes and enthusiasm         to partner with Southern Ute           the south and east.
dancers, drummers, and Elder                and guardians boarded their indi-     experience and learn more about      for future renewable energy ven-       Alternative Energy; their process         Plant manager Dave Diss was
story-tellers claimed the train             vidual train compartments.            Southern Ute Culture.”               tures, and the viability of the bio-   is: technically sound, environ-        on hand at the dedication to
their own and rode with hundreds              Once onboard the train, I              Mikki Roubideaux shared,          fuels plant. Councilwoman              mentally friendly, and economi-        explain the technical process to
of tourists, locals and residents           thanked the dancers and stated,       “We have two Elders that will be     Ramona Eagle applauded this as         cally feasible. The most impor-        those seeking a better understand-
from the town of Ignacio.                   “Today, this is your train! This      speaking about the area, Mr.         a first step towards many ven-         tant of these criteria being that      ing of the operation. Following
   For myself, this event was               train ride is dedicated to the So.    Byron Frost and Mr. Eddie Box        tures into alternative energy for      the idea and process of algae to       opening ceremonies, Growth
emotional due to the integration            Ute Legacy and you can walk           Jr., and the Casino designed a       the Tribe,” The Creator has            energy is technically sound, and       Fund employees and Solix staff
of Native American Mothers,                 proudly from car to car to meet       special brochure to showcase         blessed this tribe and the future      was lab tested under the supervi-      mingled with public officials and
Fathers, Fort Lewis students and            the people, introduce yourself,       important historical points of So.   generations.” Councilman Steve         sion of Chief Scientific Officer       Tribal Council who had come to
children riding the train; some             tell them about your Regalia, or      Ute history.” Ms Seid, followed,     Herrera finished by noting, “We        Dr. Bryan Willson of Colorado          Coyote Gulch in order to view the
for the first time. It was an honor         you can pick any seat and look at     “We dedicated the “Prospector        must also acknowledge our eld-         State University, also the Co-         plant for the first time and discuss
to be riding the 3rd most popular           the beautiful mountain side           Car” for the Elder Storytellers,     ers and the wisdom we have             founder and Chief Technology           the opportunities ahead.
privatized train in the world and           …this is your day!” Some of the       which is a table and chair type      gained from them,” in regards to       Officer of Solix. Only after meet-        The technology being set in
the number 1 in the United States           children began to move from car       seating area… so they will ride      many of the Tribe’s successes.         ing stringent criteria was the         motion here on Tribal Lands is
(polled by the Society of                   to car, jump from seat to seat and    with the passengers. The two-          Chairman Box read a letter from      Coyote Gulch Biofuels Pilot            not only groundbreaking, but
American Travel Writers).                   the parents followed. Many of         hour ride to Cascade will stop for   Colorado Governor Bill Ritter          Plant set in motion.                   also sustainable. While many
   Held at the downtown Durango             the dancers were invited by SU        lunch and to enjoy a 45-minute       stating: “Congratulations to Solix        The Coyote Gulch Pilot Plant        forms of Biofuels are possible,
train depot, The Rolling Thunder            Elder Dixie Naranjo, to discuss       presentation by the Heritage         and the Southern Utes for this         site, which is located on the          many of them use food products
Boys, a Southern Ute Drum                   the importance of Regalia.                                                 innovative addition to Colorado’s      Southeast corner of the Southern
Group, began the ceremony as                  Prior to the event, and after          Heritage Train page 12            New Energy Economy. This facil-        Ute Indian Reservation, is adja-                        Solix page 2
                                     Voices                                                               Waini (2)
                                                                                                                                                                                       August 14, 2009

 Tri Ute Language Conference Set                                                                                    Express Your Opinions
   To Coincide With Tribal Fair                                                                                       Tri Ute Thanks                   Norm Lansing for donation of            Duck Race winners were:
                                     discuss the current lnguage devel-   will disappear within the next          I would like to put a thank you    display equipment                         1st Place – Louann Liggett-
  At their meeting of August         opment and accomplishments that      generation if protective steps and   into the drum for the Tri-Ute           Linda Grove d’Wolf for coor-          Blythe, Ignacio, CO, $400 Cash
11, 2009, the Southern Ute Tribal    each of the Ute Tribes have made     sharing of information is not        Games. I would like it to read as     dinating Hand Games                       2nd Place – Baird Kleinsmith,
Council approved a Tri-Ute           to maintain the Ute language         accomplished.                        follows:                                Dixie Naranjo for coordinating        Mercury Payment Systems,
Language Conference to be held       among their young people, and          For additional information              Thank you to everyone who        with her sister Darleen Frost and       Durango, $300 Cash
on Wednesday, September 9, and       Tribal members.                      regarding the meeting or to          helped to make the 2009 Tri-Ute       putting together a wonderful              3rd Place – Chris Claps,
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at         Al agenda for the meeting is      express your concerns about the      Games a success.                      presentation of Shinney includ-         Oxford, $200 Cash
the Sky Ute Conference Center.       being developed and will be          current state of the Ute language       I would like to give a special     ing their personal equipment.             4th Place – Melissa Trevino,
  Tribal Elders and Ute Language     available for viewing before the     in general, please call Sage         thanks to the following people          Grounds Maintenance for doing         Mercury Payment Systems,
speakers from the Northern Ute,      meeting.                             Remington at (970) 769-3638, or      who went above and beyond!            an amazing job of making the sur-       Denver, $100 Cash!
Ute Mountain Ute and the                The Ute language is a precious    contact the Southern Ute Tribal         Kip Koso, SunUte Director          rounding facilities beautiful.
Southern Ute Tribes, will meet to    tribal and cultural resource which   Council office at (970) 563-0100.       All SunUte Staff especially the                                                 Fiesta Thank You!

          Solix: Fueling A Better World • from page 1
                                                                                                               Recreation Department; Damon                             Janet Mosher,           San Ignacio Fiesta in Ignacio
                                                                                                               White Thunder, Ian Twiss,                          Recreation Manager         would like to thank everyone who
                                                                                                               Angelo Valdez, and Jenn Sirios                                                came out and celebrated our
                                                                                                                  Southern Ute Coaches: Chris           SUCAP Duck Race                      annual community celebration.
  such as corn, or compete with      algae’s symbiotic relationship       we are looking forward to build-     Valdez, Precious Collins, Ian                Thanks                           All events were very well attend-
the resources necessary to pro-      with natural gas sites, prevalent    ing a future together with the       Twiss, Brianna Simbeck, and              Thank you to everyone who            ed and we hope that everyone
duce food products. The Algae to     through out the world, reduces       Southern Ute Indian Tribe. What      Isiah Valdez.                         helped with our Annual SUCAP            enjoyed themselves. To all of the
Energy process does not directly     carbon dioxide emissions. The        we are creating is a partnership        Coordinators/Coaches         for   Duck Race during San Ignacio            creative and colorful entries that
effect the world’s food supply,      overall benefits will slow climate   with a larger global impact, as we   swimming and Archery: Lin             Fiesta. Our Early Head Start pro-       made our parade so wonderful –
making it much more sustainable      change (global warming), while       pioneer this technology.”            Eskridge and Muz Pinnecoose           gram will have $2473 thanks to          Great Job! A special thank you to
on a global scale. The benefits of   lessening our dependence on             A lunch banquet was provided         Volunteers for                     your generosity!!! To SUCAP             the following merchants who con-
harvesting algae for fuel are sig-   conventional fossil fuels.           at the Sky Ute Casino following         Swimming: Robin Duffy              Board members who bought and            tributed to the Fiesta parade mak-
nificant: algae quickly repro-         Doug       Henston,        Chief   the dedication. Closing remarks      Wirth, Lisa Allen, Zerhrena           sold tickets, thanks so much!           ing cash prizes possible: Ignacio
duces, algae does not compete        Executive Officer of Solix, said     were made along with a presenta-     Richards                              Thanks to The Style Shop in             Auto, Pinon Liquor, Julies El

             Bob Piccoli’s Retirement Party
with the global food supply, and     “With the Biofuels Pilot Plant,      tion of gifts.                          Feast Hall: Lisa Williams,         Ignacio for selling tickets for us      Amigo, El Dorado, Maralex
                                                                                                               Natalie      Richards,      Elania    too!                                    Resources, and Custom Cuts.
                                                                                                               Romero, Sherrie Haynes                   Thank you to all of our depart-         We would like to also thank St.
                                                                                                                  Information/Check in Table:        ments for their sales (Head Start,      Ignatius Parishioners, The Town

                            August 21, 2009 • 4pm – 7pm
                                                                                                               Darrell Clah, Thomas Romero           Early Head Start, Peaceful Spirit,      of Ignacio Employees, Southern

            Sky Ute Casino Resort’s Event Center, Room A, Ignacio, Colorado
                                                                                                                  Facility Operations: Kristi        The Training Advantage), to             Ute      Color     Guard,     Boy
                                                                                                               Garnanez, Matt Weaver, Jacob          Lydia Chavez, for hitting the           Scouts/Venture Crew 718, Los
                                                                                                               Posey                                 pavement to sell as many tickets        Colores de Ignacio Dancers,
                                                                                                                  Hospitality Room: Billy Jack,      as she could and for braving the        Ignacio Schools, Los Pinos
                                                                                                               Jill Gaffney                          rocky river to release the ducks!       Knights of Columbus, Sky Ute
                                                                                                                  Parking: Don Folsom                   Thank you again to Gina              Casino, Parade Judges, SUCAP,
           General Election Information                                                                           General: Megan Posey, Brad
                                                                                                               Kujath, Ty Conrad, Austin
                                                                                                                                                     Schulz for aggressively pursuing
                                                                                                                                                     ticket sales and to Marc Katz of
                                                                                                                                                                                             Telekave, Ritmo, Fr. Douglas
                                                                                                                                                                                             Hunt, St. Mary’s Choir, Dixie
 Statement of Intention Deadline: September 7, 2009                                                            Thorne, Jesonna Ollis, Susie          Mercury Payment Systems, for            Melton, Naoma Jones, Liva
 If you are interested in running, for a Tribal Council seat in the upcoming General Election, November        Banwart                               his matching donation of                Pacheco, Dolores Atencio, Debbie
 6, 2009; the deadline for filing a “Statement of Intention” is September 7, 2009. September 7, 2009 is           The Sky Ute Casino and Resort      $275.00. To the Southern Ute            Valencia, Yolanda Duran, Balty
 a Holiday, so the Election Board will set up their office in the lobby of the Southern Ute Justice Center,    especially Ben Fernandez, Heidi       Indian Tribe for allowing SUCAP         Quintana, Fred Gonzales, Leona
 between the hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.                                                                       Doscher, Shannon Brown, Connie        to hold the Duck Race in their          Red, Art & Barbara Sanchez,
                                                                                                               McCall, and the Security Crew         waters, and to Mr. White from the       Renee Cuthair, Sylvia Sanchez,
 General Election: November 6, 2009, 7AM-7PM                                                                      The Southern Ute Police            DOW for use of the fish nets.           Gary & Betty Wiley, Arlene Rea,
 Constitution, Article IV, Section 1: There shall be annual elections held on the first Friday in November.    Department especially Lt. Bill           On the day of the race – thank       Jim & Kathleen Threadgill, Joe
                                                                                                               Lucero                                you so much to Mandy                    Silva & Family, Don Silva,
      If you have any questions, please call the Southern Ute Election Board at                                   The Southern Ute Drum espe-        Velasquez, Wildcats Caitlin             Barbara Valdez & Family,
                                                                                                               cially Robert Ortiz and Jeremy        Garcia, Chasity Bean, Shelsey           Mercedes Boughan, Marie Zeller,
                        (970) 563-0l00 ext. 2303 or ext. 2305.                                                 Shockley                              Lagerstrom, Destaney Reynolds,          Marcelino & Josie Archuleta,
                                                                                                                  The Southern Ute Museum            and Skyla Ruybal, also, Arianna         Sage Medicine Blanket, Betty Jo
                                                                                                               especially LeAnn Wilson and           Weaver, Mariah Thompson,                Quintana, St. Peters Carmelitas,
                                                                                                               Marian Gilmore                        Eileen      Wasserbach,      Julie      St. Ignatius Carmelitas, Stan Cox,
                  Trekkers Tour Colorado                                                                          The Southern Ute Academy
                                                                                                               especially Carol Baker-Olguin
                                                                                                                                                     Goodman, Jennifer Rugland-
                                                                                                                                                     Claps, Annalise Mahnken, and
                                                                                                                                                                                             Gene & Sherri Gurule, Mom’s
                                                                                                                                                                                             Hidden Closet and the many oth-
                                                                                                               and Linda Daniels for help with       anyone else I may have forgotten        ers that pitched in and helped
                                                                                                               the Cafeteria                         who braved the warm river water         when we needed it.
                                                                                                                  The Ignacio School District        to help me determine which                 St. Ignatius Catholic Church is
                                                                                                               especially Juvie Jones for use of     ducks won and then retrieve all         proud to have hosted another
                                                                                                               the High School Gym                   the ducks from the water.               wonderful community event and
                                                                                                                  Our Master of Ceremonies              Thank you to everyone for            we look forward to seeing every-
                                                                                                               Eddie Box                             making this another successful          one again next year.
                                                                                                                  Our Concessionaire Estelle         year. Hope to see you all again
                                                                                                               Monte-Jimenez                         next year, same time!!!                    San Ignacio Fiesta Committee

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                                                                                                                DRUM OR THE SOUTHERN UTE INDIAN TRIBE.
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                                                                                                                              “THE LAW AND YOU” FREE LEGAL CLINICS
                                                                                                                  The legal system is complicated and it’s difficult to know where to go to find answers. Lawyers will
                                                                                                                be available at each clinic to answer your questions on family law matters, bankruptcy, employment dis-
                                                                                                                crimination law, consumer law, and general legal matters.
                                                                                                                                  CLINIC # 1: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009, 4:15 pm – 7:00 pm
                                                                                                                               CLINIC # 2: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2009, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
                                                                                                                                                 SKY UTE CASINO EVENT CENTER
                                                                                                                The Law and You Free Legal Clinics are sponsored by Colorado Legal Services and Denver Metro
                                                                                                                Volunteer Lawyers in conjunction with the Four Corners E-Race Civil Rights Conference.

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     Trekkers; a mentoring program from the State of Maine, paid a visit to Southern Ute Indian
   Tribal Campus on Thursday, August, 6, 2009. Chief Judge Elaine Newton, Executive Officer
                                                                                                                 Stories & News,                     Jeremy Shockley • Reporter/Photographer, Ext 2252 (
                                                                                                                                                         Robert Ortiz • Comp. Tech., Ext. 2253 (
   Andrew Frost and Records Retention Manager Larry Tucker each spoke with the students                          Announcements                        Andrea Taylor • T.I.S. Director, Ext. 2250 (
   about Tribal Law and Ute Traditions. The students had an opportunity to meet with Tribal
   Council, where Chairman Matthew J. Box gave an explanation of Tribal lands. The tour fin-                     Wishes/ B-Days!                       The Southern Ute Drum does not assume responsibility for unsolicited
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   ished up with a traditional dance performance held at the Sun Ute Recreation Facility. To find
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