From Bison to Biofuels
The Ute people are Colorado’s longest continuous residents. They were here for generations before Zebulon Pike even set eyes on the Rocky Mountains. And they’re still here. Over the centuries, they’ve gained a deep understanding of how to live here sustainably. From a nomadic lifestyle hunting bison to advancing the biofuel industry today, the Utes have always been stewards of Colorado’s environment. Long before it was cool to be green, the Utes considered the potential impact of any action on future generations. Now the Southern Utes in southwest Colorado are working with Solix Biofuels to make clean fuel from algae, continuing a tradition established generations ago.
Photo: The Solix BioSystems Coyote Gulch algae cultivation demonstration plant on the Southern Ute Reservation in southwestern Colorado is developing sustainable, algae-based biofuel. Courtesy Solix BioSystems.