Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00484 

Received: 1/27/2021 12:00:00 AM
Commenter: Dora Van
Organization: Uinta Valley Shoshone Tribe
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
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Submission Text
Draft EIS - public comment Utah's tri-counties and its former Colorado Ute citizens illegally seized management control of the Uinta River Valley Basin Indian Reservation in 1954 (aka Uinta & Ouray Reservation), and over the past 60 years, they have not invested in the kind of infra-structure in the valley sufficient to sustain the kind of population growth or jobs they purport the railway will produce. The Gas & Oil industries were hyped in this same manner several times under their mismanagement and they have failed several times. Absent a well-planned reservation infra-structure, a properly certified tribal-federal authorization, and a sound universal foundation set 'first', the people (red and white) living in the Uinta Basin Reservation cannot economically continue to repeat this intermittent prospect that financially only benefits a few at the top without reciprocity. No railway or other project of this short-sighted nature should be approved by any federal agency on this federally recognized Indian reservation.
Dora Van, Tribal Chairwoman,
Uinta Valley Shoshone Tribe, land owner and sovereign