Who We Are
In 1992, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe founded Red Willow Production Company to control and
operate the Tribe’s energy resources. From its inception in 1992 operating a few wells on
Tribal lands, Red Willow has grown to having an interest in over 1900 wells in major
basins across the United States including the Gulf of Mexico.
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe, located in Ignacio, Colorado, has approximately 1450 members.
The reservation in southwestern Colorado encompasses about 700,000 acres. Today the Tribe owns
300,000 surface acres (and the associated mineral rights) on the reservation, and private
citizens own the remaining 400,000 acres. The mix of Tribal and private land on the
reservation makes a checkerboard like pattern.
Southern Ute Growth Fund
In 1999, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe adopted an official Financial Plan that separates the Tribe’s
core government activities from the various business and investment activities. The Financial
Plan established the Growth Fund to organize all of the Tribe’s non-gaming business ventures. The
Growth Fund’s business portfolio originated with the Tribe’s oil and gas activities but has broadened
dramatically over the past decade. Red Willow is a subsidiary of the Growth Fund. Other business activities
of the Growth Fund include natural gas midstream, real estate, private equity, and alternative energy.
Red Willow Today
Red Willow holds an interest in over 1900 wells both operated and non-operated with net production in
excess of 80 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent per year. Although Red Willow has expanded operations
significantly off the Southern Ute Indian Reservation since 1992, the San Juan Basin remains a backbone
of the company, representing over 60% of total net production. Red Willow is actively involved in
exploration and development projects for both oil and gas across multiple basins, including the
Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Permian Basin, and several projects located in the greater
Rocky Mountain region.
Red Willow has over 135 full-time staff. The staff includes engineers, geologists, landmen, accountants,
gas control and marketing specialists, field foreman and lease operators, and administrative staff.
The headquarters office is in Ignacio, Colorado with a regional office in Houston, Texas, to
manage the Gulf of Mexico activities.