Ute Elder Roland McCook to Speak on Apology Resolution

06/24/14 | By | More

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – San Miguel County is sponsoring Roland McCook as a speaker at the Wilkinson Public Library Friday, June 27, at 4 p.m. to discuss the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners’ resolution, formally apologizing to the Uncompahgre Utes for their forced removal from Western Colorado in 1881 and their relocation to Utah.

McCook, a full-blood Ute is a lineage holder for traditional Ute ways.  As a vice-chairman of the Smithsonian Institution Native American Repatriation Review Committee, he has travelled extensively returning Indian artifacts and human remains to native peoples of the Americas.

San Miguel County is hoping to dedicate a plaque in the Placerville Park, later this year, in remembrance of the Ute removal from San Miguel County, as the warm springs at Placerville was a site for the Uncompahgre Utes to visit and there are historical records of Ouray and Chipeta camping there.

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