Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Colorado


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.