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US Attorney Cole Finegan Visits Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes | USAO-CO

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DURANGO — The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado this week reaffirmed its commitment to the sovereign Indian Nations in southwestern Colorado. United States Attorney Cole Finegan met with Southern Ute and Mountain Ute leaders and law enforcement during a three-day visit to the area.

“Visiting our tribal partners in person was especially important to me,” U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan said. “Our relationship with the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribes is part of an important trust between our governments. I fully intend to honor our responsibilities and apply the rule of law to all equally. I extend my thanks to Southern Ute President Melvin Baker and Ute Mountain Ute President Manuel Heart and their colleagues and staff for the opportunity to discuss issues important to your respective tribes.

US Attorney Finegan and senior officials met with members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Tribal Council in Ignacio, as well as with members of the Mountain Ute Indian Tribe Tribal Council in Towaoc. The three-day visit began Jan. 11, 2022, and ended Jan. 13, 2022. Topics of conversation included prosecuting domestic violence cases, countering narcotics on reservations, and efforts to reduce recidivism.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado prosecutes certain offenses committed on reservations, primarily through its office in Durango, Colorado. Assistant United States Attorneys Jeff Graves, Josh Player, and United States Special Assistant Counsel Lisa Franceware are primarily responsible for litigating these cases.

Each fall, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado participates in the Four Corners Conference, which focuses on issues facing Indian nations that own land in the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The conference brings together hundreds of people interested and committed to serving the cause of justice in the region.

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