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Roland McCook

1982 – 1994

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Realty Specialist, I was responsible for the preparation and execution of the leasing of both Tribal and Allotted land for Farm and Pasture, Oil and Gas and Rights of ways, as well as wills for tribal members. I was promoted to the Realty Officer position and supervised 7 Government personnel and 2 tribal employees. During this period I became quite interested in Ute History and the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

I was responsible for planning and the program budgets. Collateral Duties included; Environmental Coordinator, Map manager.

I was often delegated to Acting Superintendent of the Uintah and Ouray Agency.

I retired on the Early out Program at 28 years on May 13, 1994.

1994 _ 1995

After five months of retirement I applied and was hired on as the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Executive Director for the Ute Indian Tribe in Fort Duchesne, Utah.

I supervised 5 permanent employees and was the Contracting Officer over the construction of 34 homes; this position was to budget and execute a housing program. (Maintenance, rentals, construction)

1995 -2005

I was nominated and elected to occupy a seat on the Ute Tribe Business Committee of the Ute Indian Tribe which is governed by its Constitution to carry out governmental duties in the best interest of the Tribe and its members.

The Ute Tribe consists of 3,200 members and resides on 1.2 million acres of trust lands.

I was elected to serve as the Vice Chair. And Chairman for the Committee. (2years each)

As an elected Official I carried out Government to Government duties with the State, Federal and local Governments, always striving to make the Ute Tribe and its members financially independent.

Collateral duties as authorized by the Committee included; Repatriation, I reburied one young man, an infant and was a part

 of a group that reburied 353 unidentified Indian remains in Colorado.

Authorized to sit on various Boards which included; the museum of Natural History of the University of Utah, the Utah Opera Company in Salt Lake City Utah, The Utah Indian Cooperative Council appointed by Governor Michael O. Leavitt, Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Advisory Committee. (RAC)


I was nominated by the Business Committee to the Smithsonian Repatriation Review Committee in Washington DC. And after a phone interview was selected by a Smithsonian Panel to occupy the Traditional Tribal member position, I was elected and installed by the Review Committee as Vice Chairman and later the Chairman.

I am the former President of the Board of Directors of the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose Colorado.



I was presented with the Smart Utah award for the implementation of the Ute Tribes Uinta River Technology program.

Speaking engagements include: The State and Federal Governments as well as State Education and city organizations.