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Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum  
77 County Road 517
Ignacio, CO 81137

The Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum's permanent multi-sensory exhibition brings alive the history of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe with words, sounds, images and artifacts. This interactive space allows visitors to explore early rock art, stroll through a camp scene, investigate the turmoil and anguish as the Ute people were placed on reservations and boarding schools, and look into how the modern Utes have transformed themselves into one of the most industrious tribes in America. The temporary gallery houses changing exhibitions that are of particular interest to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.

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The building is nice it cost the people $36 million. I found it curious that the tribal people were not present in any significant numbers. Later during casual converstaion at the CASino I foundout why. The musuem is not a tribally owned museum. Its a public entity and can only serve the interests of the public. the tribal peole did not want this and they certainly view the money spent on the building as a waste since there is no direct benefit to them. Also they have no authority or ownership in the museum, its material holdings, how its run, or how its culture is interpreted. Many are excluded from this process in favor of a few tribal people on the Musuem's board who are interested in thier own legacy rather than meeting the needs of the tribal people. I regret not being aware of this prior to visiting the museum. I can't support an entity who is disregarding the people from whom they are making thier livelihood. I thought this type of cutlural exploitation didn't occur within our great American country. Our great country was built on liberty for all. There is no cultural liberty in this. I will not be revisiting the musuem. I will be strongly encouraging my family and friends not to either, and niether should you. God Bless America and our fellow American known as the Indian Tribes who still struggle for liberty. God Bless.
Kee at at 01:28AM, 2011/06/17.

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