SALT LAKE CITY – A retired California professor gave $250,000 to a northeastern Utah tribe to compensate for her great-grandparents profiting off land that once belonged to the tribe.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that leaders of the Ute Indian Tribe accepted the check and welcomed 69-year-old Christine Sleeter to Fort Duchesne, Utah, on Monday.
Sleeter says that her ancestors were given a 160-acre plot outside Craig, Colorado, under the Homestead Act in 1882. The land was previously home to the tribe that was forcibly removed in 1881.
Sleeter and her siblings inherited the money that was invested by her great-grand parents after they sold the Colorado land decades later.
Tribal officials say the money will help fund the construction of new facility to replace the Uintah River High School.