Ute Mountain Utes, Colorado update game agreement

DENVER - Colorado officials and the Ute Mountain Ute tribe have signed a memorandum of understanding updating an agreement on how wildlife will be managed in part of southwest Colorado.

The 1874 Brunot Agreement ceded Ute lands to the U.S. government but preserved the right of Indians to hunt there.

The agreement allows Colorado's Ute tribes to regulate hunting by their members on the land, but the tribes and the state have reached memoranda of understanding to coordinate on wildlife management there.

The Southern Ute tribe and the state updated their agreement in 2008. Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners approved a similar update Thursday with the Ute Mountain Utes.

The Cortez Journal reports Thursday's update expands the species covered to include waterfowl and many small game species. It also adds fishing.