Company apologizes to Ute Tribe

Charles B. Stanley, President and CEO of QEP Resources, Inc. in Denver, published a letter in Indian Country Today apologizing to the citizens of the Ute Tribe, the Ute Tribal Business Committee, and tribal communities

“for our decision to challenge the Uintah and Ouray Reservation boundary and jurisdictional authority of the tribe as part of our company’s legal defense of the federal government’s Clean Air Act case.”

He stated that his company had “voluntarily and unilaterally amended our answer to the government’s complaint to eliminate the defenses associated with the disestablishment of the Uncompahgre portion of your reservation, and the court has now accepted our amended answer.”

He further stated that “it was never QEP’s intention to question the Ute Tribe’s sovereignty over its lands or its business affairs, and we regret any misunderstanding that may have been created as a result of our legal defense.”

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