Southern Ute Department of Energy

Southern Ute Department of Energy

Jeremy Wade Shockley


The mission of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Department of Energy is to ensure that the members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe receive maximum benefit from the energy and mineral resources located on their Reservation while at the same time minimizing the impact of extraction of the resources on the natural and cultural environment.

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Department of Energy (SUIT DOE) oversees the development of tribal energy resources on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation (SUIR). Abundant natural gas resources are located within the SUIR which is located in the San Juan Basin. SUIT DOE is comprised of three divisions:

Exploration & Production / Compliance Division – Monitors exploration and production activities on the SUIR to promote the safe development of energy resources on the reservation while ensuring minimal impact to the natural and cultural environment.

Energy Accounting Division – Tracks and receives funds for Severance Tax and Royalty payments on the SUIR from energy production. Auditing conducts accounting audits of operators to ensure they are remitting correct royalty and tax payments to the Tribe.

Land Division – Manages the various business agreements and contracts that provide for the exploration and development of Southern Ute energy resources and effectively link the oil and gas industry to the Southern Ute Tribe and the Federal Government.