|Chief Severo - Aaron Bear - and family @ 1899 of the Ute tribe|
Original copyright in 1899 by the Detroit Photographic Company.
Sadly not much is known about Chief Severo except that he was Ute Captain of Indian Police and this is only known from a photograph in the Denver Public Library Digital Collections which states that fact. In that photo he is wearing a metal badge which reads "Indian Police".
During the 1880's Indian police performed all law enforcement duties on their own reservations. These police forces first appeared when the federal government relocated tribes to Indian Territory.
Captain Severo's duties would have included maintaining law and order, maintaining the jail, and being a scout.
REFERENCE: Encyclopedia of The Great Plains