Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk was born and raised in southwestern Colorado. She is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Towaoc. She has spent 10 years in the information technology field, working for Chief Dull Knife College and the Southern Ute Indian and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribes. In October of 2013, she was elected to serve as a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal leadership.

At an early age, Lopez-Whiteskunk began to advocate for land, air, water, and animals, and she strongly believes that the inner core of healing comes from the knowledge of our land and elders. She is a former co-chair for the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and education director for the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose.

Currently, she is seeking a Master’s of Environmental Management with Western Colorado University. Lopez-Whiteskunk has traveled extensively throughout the country sharing the Ute culture through song, dance, and presentations, and is honored to continue to protect, preserve and serve through education, creating a better understanding of our resources and culture—a great foundation for a better tomorrow.