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Southern Utes give up role in ceremonies

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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) ? The Southern Ute Indian Tribe will not participate in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Games, citing safety concerns.

"There were news releases saying that the Olympic opening ceremonies were a prime target for terrorist activities," tribal spokeswoman Edna Frost said. "We didn't want to put any (tribal members) in any kind of jeopardy."

The Southern Utes donated more than $20,000 to the foundation but decided not to attend the Games because of the Sept. 11 hijackings and warnings of future attacks, Frost said.