Chipeta was an Indian Rights Advocate, Diplomat, and Peacekeeper. She used diplomacy to try to achieve peace with the white settlers in Colorado. She was highly respected by both the Ute and white people. In 1985, Chipeta was inducted into Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.
On October 8, 2016, Wayne Iverson of the Chipeta Mountain Project was able to gift my painting of Chipeta to a great grand nephew, McCook, at a reconciliation ceremony in San Miguel County. You can read more on my blog. I am so grateful and feel honored that the gift was received by an ancestor of this incredible woman and peaceful leader of the Utes.