Ray Frost, Southern Ute councilman

 

Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story.

"I have always been against the A-LP project, even when I was running for a seat on the tribal council three years ago.

"The Southern Ute Grassroots Organization believes that the development of the Animas-La Plata project, as currently thought about, is not in the best interests of the tribe. It will not fulfill the promises of the 1986 settlement; the financial obligations it could impose on the tribe outweigh any benefits the tribe would obtain.

"It is clear the dam and pumping will damage the environment.

"We can find alternatives that are kinder to our sacred lands and water, yet still give us the required 60,000 acre-feet of water a year. One is earmarking water in existing reservoirs such as Glen Canyon Dam, enabling us to market that water and earn income each year. "