The Ute Indians of southeastern Utah, Colorado and New Mexico have a long history of inhabiting this region. The name Utah comes from the name of the Ute people. It is possible that the ancient Anasazi moved away from this region as the Utes made their entrance. The Utes of this region are a band (one of seven Ute bands) called the Weeminuche.
The Ute language is Shonshonean which is a dialect of the Uto-Aztecan groups which include the Commanches, Shonshones, Paiutes, Goshutes, Bannocks, Chemehuevi and other tribes.
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