By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The University of Utah has agreed to terms with the Ute Indian Tribe to keep its “Utes” name. The memorandum of understanding will allow the school to continue to be called the Utah Utes.
The school has been working with the Tribe since 1972 to be called the Utes. This is a new five-year agreement.
“The Ute Indian Tribe is pleased to continue its partnership with the University of Utah,” said Luke Duncan, Chairman of the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee. “This agreement renews our shared commitment to building genuine respect and understanding of our tribe’s history, as well as our goal to support our youth in pursuing their education.”
As part of this agreement, Utah will continue to operate “Ute Proud,” an educational program. This helps explain the Ute Indian History and the Ute Indian Tribe’s cultural and economic contributions to the state, according to KSLSports.com.
“We are honored to continue using the Ute name and we acknowledge the special responsibility our athletes and fans bear to the Ute Indian Tribe,” Mark Harlan, University of Utah Athletics Director, said. “Ute history is Utah history. We look forward to carrying the name forward with understanding and respect toward our state’s namesake people.”
The school provides financial support to the Tribe, as well as to enhance K12 education at Fort Duchesne. The school will also support Ute Indian students, along with other federally recognized American Indian students that attend the university.
There will be campus events to promote awareness to the American Indian culture. In addition, there will be an annual campus “Powwow” and Native American Month.
First-year students at the school will receive educational materials about the Ute Indian Tribe. The materials will also be available to all students at the American Indian Resource Center within the school.
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