American Indian Utah Tribes

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

About the Tribe

In the Southwest, where the current states of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico lie, the Ute people have roamed and dwelled for ages. The Utes were a nomadic people made up of various yet ethnically related bands of American Indians. Some of the larger bands included the Moache, Capote, Uncompahgre, White River, Uintah, Pahvant, Timanogots, San Pitch, Moanumts, Sheberetch and Weeminuche. The present day Ute Mountian Utes are descendants of the Moache and Weeminuche bands.

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The Native American Indian Literacy Project

The Native American Indian Literacy Project was the work of USOE Indian Education Specialist in 2006, Shirlee Silversmith, and a partnership between the Utah State Office of Education (currently the Utah State Board of Education) and the San Juan School District Media Center. The project included a series of books, lesson plans and histories that were created with the help of tribal elders and cultural consultants and are based on the oral traditional stories and history of their specific tribes. Funds for the original project came from the Utah State Office of Education.

The original booklets were designed for printability (Print Instructions), and have been reformatted here for digital use. A big thank you to Brenda Beyal (Dine) and Lorna Loy (Dine) for updating these lesson plans and aligning them to current core standards. This update was funded by a partnership grant from the Utah Division of State History and Utah Humanities. 


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