The renovation and expansion of the Ute Indian Museum included an addition to the staff to provide education programming and support for the expanded facility. The Ute Indian Museum is excited to announce the hiring of the new education coordinator, Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk.
Lopez-Whiteskunk comes to Ute Indian Museum with years of experience presenting and sharing the Ute culture through song, dance and lectures. In 2013, she was elected to serve as a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal leadership. She has degrees from Chief Dull Knife College and American InterContinental University and has has worked in the past for Chief Dull Knife College, the Southern Ute Indian and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribes of Colorado.
“The Ute Indian Museum is fortunate to have Regina join our team. For the first time, we have a member of Ute Mountain Ute tribe on the museum staff as an educator,” said museum Director CJ Brafford. “Her experience and enthusiasm are great assets to the museum and her programs will enhance the educational experience for students and the community.”
Lopez-Whiteskunk will be providing outreach to schools on the Western Slope, working to increase school visitation to the museum and matching educational tours to state standards. The new education programs will help students and educators to connect Ute history, culture, art and way of life to their curriculum.
The renovated and expanded Ute Indian Museum opened to the public in June 2017, with new exhibits that will help make connections between past and contemporary Ute life and culture and the Ute peoples’ history of adaptation and persistence. The museum is open seven days a week and is located on Chipeta Road just south of Montrose.