Education Pathways With the Ute Tribe
The University of Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe value their long and meaningful relationship. The University is committed to encouraging, inspiring, and supporting tribal youth to pursue postsecondary education. Toward this end, the Office of Undergraduate Studies works actively with the tribe to create productive "pathways" that connect the University to the Ute Indian Tribe and vice versa. Read more about the current adventures on the basin here.
In the towns of Roosevelt, Fort Duchesne and Vernal there are three high schools, three middle schools and nearly a dozen elementary schools that serve Ute youth. There are also 215 children enrolled in Head Start in Fort Duchesne alone, the majority of which are tribal children. These centers of learning on and near the Uintah and Ouray Reservation are the focus of the University's connection to the educational needs of the Ute Tribal youth.
A primary resource for postsecondary education in the region is provided by Utah State University through its campuses in Roosevelt and Vernal as well as its course offerings in Fort Duchesne through the Ute Education Department. The Uintah Basin Applied Technology College also has campuses in Roosevelt and Vernal that are a resource for postsecondary technical education. The University of Utah collaborates with these institutions to help serve the Ute Indian Tribe.
In collaboration with the Ute Indian Tribe Education Department, The University of Utah takes an active role in providing postsecondary school planning to the Ute Indian Tribe students in the Uintah Basin. Our goal is for every student upon graduating from high school to have a postsecondary school plan, whether that be employment, a community college or technical college, a four year college here in Utah or beyond!
In addition to post secondary school planning the University provides an assembly three times a year at Eagleview Elementary School in Fort Duchesne to reward the nearly 100 K-8 students each quarter who achieve 100% attendance. And to give the students a taste of college life and a real academic challenge the University hosts a "Ute Youth Storytelling Camp" for a week every summer. The Marriott Library contributes programming, staff and the library itself to this effort.
Martha Macomber, MSW
Director, Native American Outreach and Community Engagement
Martha travels to Fort Duchesne area every week in order to explore ways to enhance the educational opportunities of the Ute Indian Tribe. Contact Martha via email here.
Jessica Holiday, MFA (she/her/hers)
Coordinator, Native American Outreach and Community Engagement