Had a positive and open dialogue with the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray today on sovereignty, monuments, energy and public lands pic.twitter.com/pVAWE9SsxW
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) May 3, 2017
Statement from the Department:
Today Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke met with leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray. The Tribal leaders and the Secretary discussed several issues including energy development, the nature of sovereignty, public lands, and the Bears Ears National Monument. The meeting was the first of many conversations. The Secretary and the Tribal leaders committed to maintaining an ongoing open and positive dialogue.
We need a discussion on that. As I look at the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, I think it’s time for a dialogue. “What are we going to be 100 years from now? Is there an off-ramp? If tribes would have a choice of leaving Indian trust lands and becoming a corporation, tribes would take it and quite frankly at BIA (the Bureau of Indian Affairs), I’m not sure in many ways we’re value- added.