Chipeta, or White Singing Bird, was raised in the Ute Tribe in Conejos, Colorado. As a trusted advisor to her husband, Chief Ouray, Chipeta helped create the first treaty of Conejos in 1863 between the Ute Tribe and the settlers of the area.
She went on to become the only woman to sit on the Ute tribal councils and stood before the U.S. Congress as a representative of her people.
After Chief Ouray’s death, the Ute Tribe was forced from their home to Ouray, Utah. Upon her 1924 death, Chipeta’s remains were returned to the Ute Museum in Montrose, Colorado.
– Jacqueline Gualtieri, The Colorado 100