Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Colorado


Tribal council member Byron Red Sr., convicted of drunken driving, failed to report to jail and might not be allowed to serve his time in a work-release program. "When people fail to appear for jail whatever offers have been made are rescinded," County Judge Martha Minot said April 24. Alex Tejada, his attorney, said Red still hopes to serve his time a the Southern Ute Detention Facility instead of the LaPlata County Jail. Red told Minot he feared the county jail. "I've been harassed, threatened and I fear for my safety," he said. He was sentenced in March to 275 days in jail for his sixth conviction for driving while under the influence. Minot originally said he could serve his time in the tribal jail and could ask to participate in the tribal work-release program so he could continue his council duties. When Red did not report to the Southern Ute jail April 13 as ordered, he was arrested and taken to the county jail.