Ute

Raleigh Burleigh

The Hotel Colorado and Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves celebrated 125 years of business over the weekend. As KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports, the event was also recognition of a deeper history. For full audio of the Ute blessing and presentation, click here.

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on its lands in Southwestern Colorado. It grows crops like alfalfa and artisan corn, and raises over 600 head of cattle. The Tribe went through a long settlement process to obtain the water rights to operate the enterprise.  But just because it has the farm and the rights to the water doesn’t mean they can use as much as they want.


The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush.


AH Marsh Photo

 


Not only do local yucca plants provide an edible fruit; the fibers can be used as cord, the thorns as needles and the roots as shampoo. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh visited the Ute Learning Garden in Grand Junction to learn more about traditional applications of local plants.

Mt. Sopris Historical Society

 


Mt. Sopris Historical Society preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of Carbondale residents. For this morning’s Nonprofit Palooza, Raleigh Burleigh speaks with executive director Beth White.