Senior Tribal Advisor
Former Chairman, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; U.S. Navy Retired
As a Senior Tribal Advisor, Gary Hayes provides leadership in support of strategic tribal initiatives facing Blue Stone clients in the areas of tribal governance, economic development and leadership development.
Hayes has extensive practical tribal and leadership experience serving as Chairman and Council Member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe for 10 years, following 25 years of service in the U.S. Navy. During his tenure with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Hayes was appointed by the tribal council to serve on various tribal committees and organizations, including Law Enforcement; Economic Development; Health Care; Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); Tribal Budget Advisory Council (TBAC); Secretary of Human and Health Services (HHS); Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC); Indian Health Service (IHS);Tribal Budget Workgroup Formulation Committee; Department of Justice (DOJ); Tribal Nations Leadership Council; Native American Rights Fund (NARF); Albuquerque Area Health Board (AAIHB) Board Member; National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Delegate; Native American Bank (NAB) Board Member; and the first government-to-government contract signing between Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO).