The Southern Ute Indian Tribe in St George Utah

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe in St George Utah


The Southern Ute Indian tribe is located just outside of Ivins City Utah in the Greater St George area. The Ute Tribe included the oldest residents of Utah including Colorado, Wyoming, Eastern Nevada, Northern New Mexico and Arizona. Tradition will tell you that the Tribe’s existence in this area dates back to the “beginning of time.” The language of the Utes is Shoshonean, which is a dialect of the Uto-Aztecan language. The Utes originally settled around the lake areas of Utah which eventually became the Paiute, other groups spread North, East and South including the group known as the Mouache band. The Mouache band lived from the eastern slopes of the Rockies to Southern Utah, and even further south to Las Vegas to New Mexico. The Mouache and Caputa bands make up the Southern Ute Tribe and are headquartered at Ignacio, Colorado. The Souethern Ute Tribe has approximately 1,400 members with half the population under the age of 30.

Written By

Brian Hickman