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Five tribes banded together to create the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition: The Hopi tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni and Ute Indian Tribe.
According to legend, Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain is a sleeping dragon that many years ago saved the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. In the Native American story, the Great Spirit punished the people by sending a massive flood, but after they repented, it sent a dragon to drink the water away.
For example, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm & Ranch Enterprise of Colorado will receive more than $92,000 to bring a cornmeal product to market.
Rita King from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Kenny Frost, a Southern Ute Tribal member, demonstrated the dance.
As a representative of one of the host sponsors for the games--the Southern Ute and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribes pledged a combine total of $1.2 million as host sponsors of the games--Frost discussed the importance of NAIG to the young participants.
On the one hand she was "keeper of the language" and an active member in tribal education, politics, and culture, and she recounted proudly that she had recently "gone gambling at Towaoc" (seat of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe), where she had won a hundred dollars through her skill at singing their "gambling songs." Yet she also distanced herself from "those Utes" who had difficulty learning in English, were landless, or suffered from alcohol and drug abuse.
On December 28, 2016, after a long collaborative process between the federal government and the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Uintah and Ouray, and Ute Mountain Ute tribes, President Obama signed an order establishing the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, protecting these stunning lands.