Southern Ute Indian Agency (Colorado)
The Southern Ute Agency is a currently operating agency. Its supervising office in the Bureau of Indian Affairs is the Albuquerque Area Office.
Indian Tribes Associated With This Agency
Capote, Wiminuche, and Moache Utes
The Southern Ute Agency was established in 1877 to serve the Capote, Wiminuche, and Moache bands of Ute Indians who had been attached to the Abiquiu and Cimarron Agencies in New Mexico. Located in southwestern Colorado, it also served the Jicarilla Apache from 1887 to 1891. The Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Agencies were consolidated into the Consolidated Ute Agency, 1 September 1922. It was subsequently made independent and now operates as such.
The agency was under the juridiction of the Colorado Superindency.
Agents and Appointment Dates
Francis H. Weaver April 10, 1877 and Henry Page January 29, 1879
Reports of Inspection of the Field Jurisdictions of the Office of Indian Affairs, 1873-1900 have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of Microcopy Number M1070. The reports for Southern Ute Agency, 1880-1900, are on roll 51 of that Microcopy set. Copies are available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm roll numbers 1617724).
Annual Indian Census Rolls were taken at this agency for 1885-1895, and from 1897 thru 1923. These rolls have been microfilmed by the National Archives as part of their Microcopy Number M595, rolls 543-545. Copies of these records are also available at the National Archives, their Regional Archives, and at the Family History Library and its family history centers (their microfilm numbers 583002 thru 583004). These census rolls are also available online at Ancestry.com's subscription web site.
The 1900 federal census included population schedules for the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Colorado. The Indians residing on this reservation in 1900 were under the jurisdiction of the Southern Ute Agency and are listed on Indian Population Schedules as District 155, Southern Ute Reservation, in La Plata County, Colorado and as District 155, Southern Ute Reservation, in Montezuma County, Colorado.
Microfilm copies of...Narrative and Statistical Reports... for the Southern Ute Agency, 1907-1922, are included in National Archives Microcopy M1011, roll 143, available in the National Archives system and in the collections of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and their family history centers (their microfilm roll numbers 1724361).
- American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration, 1998.
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- Hill, Edward E. The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches. New York, New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, Inc., 1974.
- Historical Sketches for Jurisdictional and Subject Headings Used for the Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880. National Archives Microcopy T1105.
- Preliminary Inventory No. 163: Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Services. Available online
- "Accompanying Pamphlet for Microcopy 1011", National Archives Microfilm Publications, Appendix.