Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation
The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation is located in northeastern Utah. Relevant tribal provisions include the Tribal Constitution and By-Laws and Law and Order Code.
Tribal Constitution and By-laws
Art. VIII, Sec. 2 - The Tribe reserves its governing body’s right to veto any sale, lease, or encumbrance of tribal lands. The Tribal Business Committee is vested with the power and instruction to veto the lease of any tribal land to non-members unless no Indian cooperative association or individual member of the Tribe is willing and able to use the land and pay a reasonable fee for the use of the land.
Law and Order Code
§ 8 -1-17 - Prohibits non-tribal members from taking any wildlife without procuring a license.
Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act -
The Hill Creek Preservation and Energy Development Act (Act) was signed into law on July 7, 2014. The law, P.L. No. 113-133, authorizes Utah to relinquish certain subsurface mineral rights near the southern end of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in exchange for federal subsurface mineral lands near the north of the reservation border. The federal government will keep the southern parcels of land in trust for the Tribe, and will work with Utah to decide where the state will gain mineral rights in the north. The Ute Indian Tribe values the southern end of the reservation, around the Book Cliffs, for natural and cultural reasons. The Act was promoted by pro-drilling members of Utah’s congressional delegation, but also supported by many environmentalist groups. While allowing mineral development to the north, the Act will protect part of the Book Cliffs from development. The goal of the Act is to allow a private company to sell the resources in the north and have the royalties shared between the Tribe, the federal government and the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.