Ute Council Tree, two centuries old, cedes its place in Western Colorado lore

Author: Donna Bryson - August 26, 2017 - Updated: August 26, 2017

This is what the Ute Council Tree looked like last year after it lost a large branch. (Photo courtesy of the Delta County Museum.) On road trips through western Colorado, Ute leader Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk’s family would stop to pay their respects to a cottonwood believed to be more than 200 years old. Their ancestors once […]

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Donna Bryson

Donna Bryson

Donna Bryson is an author and freelance journalist who has reported from four continents. Her work has been published by, among others, Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, Equal Times, The New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stars and Stripes, VICE, and The Wall Street Journal. She was an Associated Press correspondent in South Africa from 1993 to 1996, during the tumultuous transition from apartheid democracy. She returned as AP's Johannesburg-based chief of bureau from 2008 to 2012. Bryson also has reported for the AP from South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. As deputy editor for Africa, based in London from 2005 to 2008, she coordinated coverage across Africa and supervised AP chiefs of bureau in Dakar, Johannesburg and Nairobi and other correspondents on the continent. Bryson’s new book, "Home of the Brave," will be released in January 2018. "Home of the Brave" explores a grassroots project in Western Colorado known as Welcome Home Montrose that offers mental health support, job and housing advice and other aid for returning warriors who are burdened by memories of war and uncertain what peace and their future hold.