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Southern Ute Indian Reservation
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Location in Colorado
Location in Colorado
Tribe Southern Ute
Country United States
State Colorado
Counties La Plata
Montezuma Counties
Headquarters Ignacio
 • Body Tribal Council
 • Total 12,995

The Southern Ute Indian Reservation (Ute dialect: Kapuuta-wa Moghwachi Núuchi-u) is a Native American reservation in southwestern Colorado near the northern New Mexico state line. Its territory consists of land from three counties; in descending order of surface area they are La Plata, Archuleta, and Montezuma Counties. The reservation has a land area of 1,058.785 sq mi (2,742.24 km²). Its largest communities are Ignacio and Arboles. The only other community that is recognized as a separate place by the Census Bureau is the CDP of Southern Ute, which lies just southeast of Ignacio.


The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s coalbed methane capture project has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of about 379,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide between 2009 and 2017. Conventional coalbed methane production wells were not economically feasible in this location due to the low volume of seepage. The project delivers its gas to natural gas pipelines, and generates additional revenue through the sale of carbon offsets.

Notable people

  • Joseph Rael, (b. 1935), dancer, author, and spiritualist

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