UINTAH BASIN STANDARD
Letters to the Editor
Felter responds to AUC's letter
02 Sept. 2008
Last week, Arlene Gardner submitted a letter to editor entitled, “AUC responds to Felter group.”
A petition meeting was called after discussions with a lot of the terminated mixed blood members and our descendants. It was decided to call a meeting to see if the people were in favor of gathering petitions then submitting them to Congress to have the Ute Partition Act repealed or completed. Letters were sent out to all of the original 490 individuals whose addresses were available.
This was also put in the local newspaper and on the radio. It was decided at the meeting by all the original 490 who were in attendance to go forward with the petition drive, so as you can see this was not a decision that was made solely by me.
One thing that needs to be stated is no terminated mixed blood has to get approval from Arlene Gardner, who claims to be vice president of the Affiliated Ute Board of Directors or any other AUC board member. That also includes the Business Committee of the Ute Indian Tribe. We can call a meeting anytime, anywhere we choose.
Also the Affiliated Ute Board is not a legal board. They do not have the authority to control anyone. I know how the Affiliated Ute Board Constitution and Bylaws work as I was on the Affiliated Ute Board for a long time.
I to have a letter from Sen. Daniel Inouye that was sent to me on Oct. 3, 2000, about 10 or 11 years after the letter that Margaret Reed received in 1991, that states: Because the mixed blood Utes were terminated by an act of Congress the mixed bloods are not eligible to participate in federal acknowledgment procedures used by the Department of the Interior to “recognized Indian groups.”
The National Congress of American Indians did not tell Mr. Chappabitty that in order to repeal the Ute Partition Act we would have to petition the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee and the Affiliated Ute Citizens. The AUC was never mentioned. And the Ute Tribe and AUC are not the ones who can have the repeal done. It’s the terminated individual mixed blood people whose voices have to be heard, not some board or committee.
Our petition drive to repeal the UPA or complete it was one of the most successful petition drives in over 50-plus years. We have had massive amounts of petitions sent in and our people are still asking for more. I want our people to know that there is still time them to get their petitions in before the Oct. 1 deadline.
Also, the petition meeting that was called for Sept. 6, at Alvin Denver's residence has been canceled until after the petition drive is over and hopefully we will have heard on Felter v. Kempthorne and the Rickie L. Reber case by then and can report on all of the necessary information.
We want to thank everyone who sent their petitions in. You will be notified by mail when the meeting will take place, so hang in there. You are doing nothing wrong by submitting your petitions. They are being recorded and filed.
Don’t believe everything you read in a letter to the editor, such as the one that Ms. Gardner submitted. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. You know I have always been available to answer any questions or concerns.
I will not be submitting any more rebuttals to any accusations that the Affiliated Ute Citizens Board submits, as I feel it is a waste of my time as this same ol' thing has been argued for years. Let's give it a rest.
Oranna B. Felter
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