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11/03/08 - Colorado tribe, armed with an old treaty, expands hunting

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Over the years, Ray C. Frost has found little reason to leave his tribe's reservation to hunt the deer and elk whose meat fills his freezer.

Game is plentiful on the Southern Ute tribe's land in southwest Colorado and the hunting "fantastic," Frost said.

But next year, the former tribal councilman and other Southern Ute hunters will venture off their land for a historic act: They will hunt on public lands, exercising long-dormant rights under a century-old treaty with the federal government.