Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Colorado

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Council member Byron Red Sr. has resigned, citing his conviction for drunken driving. Red, 44, who announced his resignation May 7, has been in jail since March serving a 275-day sentence. Red said he resigned as "a result of my continued struggle with the disease of alcoholism," the tribal council said in a news release. Red was elected to the council in December 1996 but resigned in 1997 for personal reasons. In August 1999, he was appointed to fill a vacant seat and was elected to a three-year term in December 1999. A special election will be held within 60 days to fill the remainder of Red's term, said Norma Thorne, an election board member. No date has been set.