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The 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit: “Building a Sustainable Future Together”

The Annual Native American Summit began in 2006 at the request of then Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., as a way of facilitating a discussion between government, business and tribal leaders to develop solutions to various challenges that American Indians living in Utah face.

Every year since 2006, the Utah Division of Indian Affairs sponsors the Annual Governor’s Native American Summit bringing together Utah Tribal Nations, community members, educators, organizations, students, Legislative members, and public officials for a two-day event.

This year, we are celebrating the 9th Annual Native American Summit at Utah Valley University on July 30-31, 2014 in Orem, UT.  Mark your calendars and come join us in Building a Sustainable Future Together!

Student Spotlight

Halona, Tristan - Student Spotlight 02.2014Tristan Halona, Navajo, is a sophomore at Provo High School. An amazing athlete and stellar student, Tristan is a great example of the kind of student we at the Utah Division of Indian Affairs love to feature on our website!

He plays on the Provo High Bulldogs Basketball team, and averages 15 points per game. Tristan has a strong comradery with his teammates, whom speak highly of him as an athlete and as a friend.

Halona, Tristan - Student Spotlight 2  02.2014Tristan is a currently maintaining a 3.7 GPA. He enjoys all of his classes, especially American Sign Language. After high school, Tristan would like to attend college to become a sports trainer and physical therapist.

As you can imagine, his parents are beaming with pride over his accomplishments in the classroom as well as on the court. And so are we! Congratulations Tristan!

Upcoming Events

42nd Annual University of Utah Powwow – SLC, UT
April 19, 20142014 UU Powwow

The Inter-Tribal Student Association hosts its 42nd annual University of Utah Powwow on Saturday April 19, 2014 at the Ray Oplin Student Union Building.  This year’s theme is “Sustaining Our Culture.”  The powwow is an excellent opportunity for the community to learn about Native American culture.  The modern Powwow is an event where both Native American and non–Native American people can dance, sing, socialize and honor American Indian culture.

Powwow Schedule:
11:00 AM: Arena Blessing
12:00 PM: Grand Entry

6:00 PM: Grand Entry
10:00 PM: Closing Song

2014 Living Traditions Festival – SLC, UT
May 16-18, 2014

The annual Living Traditions Festival starts on Friday, May 16 and runs through Sunday, May 18, 2014.  The Living Traditions Festival is FREE to the public and is a wonderful community event where you can experience music, dance, crafts and foods of the many ethnic communities that make Salt Lake City rich in its diversity.  Please visit for more information.

Upcoming events



Indian Law Resource Center – The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit law and advocacy organization established and directed by American Indians. They provide legal assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native nations who are working to protect their lands, resources, human rights, environment and cultural heritage.

National American Indian Court Judges Association – An association of tribal judges supporting American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through education, information sharing and advocacy.

National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) – The National Indian Justice Center is an independent national resource for Native communities and tribal governments. This non-profit corporation is Indian owned and operated. The NIJC designs and delivers legal education, research, and technical assistance programs seeking to improve the quality of life for Native communities and the administration of justice in Indian Country. Training manuals are available: NIJC Publications.

National Indian Law Library (NILL) – The National Indian Law Library (NILL) of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is a public law library devoted to Federal Indian and Tribal Law. NILL provides a unique resource for individuals researching Indian Law including online research guides for topics such as Indian Child Welfare, International Indigenous Rights, History/Culture/Religion, and Tribal Sovereignty.

National Legal Resource Center – The National Legal Resource Center’s purpose is to provide for the aging and legal networks with easy access to coordinated national legal assistance support system in order to strengthen legal assistance and elder rights efforts across the country. The targeted audience range from legal, elder rights, and aging services professionals and advocates.

National Native American Bar Association

Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project – Coordinated by the University of Oklahoma Law Center and The National Indian Law Library of the Native American Rights Fund.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF) – Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.

Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Resource Center - Operating under the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Resource Center is a searchable database of resources and materials selected and reviewed by the Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Green Technical Assistance Center Staff. Materials include published works, peer-reviewed research, curricula, and web-based resources that aim to provide up-to-date information on topics relevant to juvenile detention and re-entry and green job training.

Tribal Code Services, Inc.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse – The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian Country. The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is developed and maintained by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and develop education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian Country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples.

Heritage & Culture

National Museum of the American Indian – The Smithsonian’s NMAI is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere.

Anasazi State Park Museum

Antelope Canyon


Bryce Canyon

Bryce Natural History Museum


Capitol Reef National Park

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

Four Corners Monument

Fremont Indian State Park Museum

Goosenecks State Park

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

Horseshoe Bend

Hovenweep National Monument

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Museum of Peoples and Cultures at Brigham Young University

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural History Museum of Utah

Nine-Mile Canyon

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Western Heritage Museum in Uintah County

Zion National Park


Southern Paiute Cultural History Curriculum Guide

News & Media

Navajo Times

Navajo Nation Council

Sho-Ban News

The Ute Bulletin

American Indian Report – For more than 20 years, the Institute has been assisting Indian tribes, tribal organizations and government agencies to meet the complex challenges of Indian Country.

Indian Country Today – Since 1981, Indian Country Today has been a persuasive voice in American Indian journalism, leading the way with accurate and timely reporting, incisive analysis and pointed commentary. Indian Country Today publishes more original journalistic content on American Indian issues than any other news source.


Native American Times

Native News Network

Native Peoples Magazine

Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education

Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interagency Coordinating Committee – The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse is responsible for aligning, leveraging and coordinating with federal agencies and departments in carrying out the responsibilities delineated in the Tribal Law and Order Act. This site contains the latest news and events as well as resources to help with funding and training.

National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research Journal – American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research is a profession scientific journal. It contains empirical research, program evaluations, case studies, unpublished dissertations, and other articles in the behavioral, social, and health sciences which clearly relate to the mental health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Native American Center for Excellence – The Native American Center for Excellence (NACE) was established by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) as a national resource to address issues related to substance abuse prevention and behavioral health in Native American communities.

Native PRIDE – Native P.R.I.D.E. (Prevention, Research, Intervention, Development, and Education) was founded in 2007 as an American Indian non-profit organization. Their mission is to develop and implement culture, strengths, and spiritual based programs for Native people that inspire leadership, healing and wellness from colonization and multi-generational trauma. The Native HOPE (Helping Our People Endure) program creates a safe, sacred place through culture, spirituality, and humor for participants to address suicide, depression, trauma, violence, and substance abuse.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Society of Indian Psychologists

Suicide Prevention

American Association of Suicidology – Founded in 1968, AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

Center for Native American Youth – The goal of the Center is to bring greater national attention to the issues facing Native American youth, and to foster solutions, with special emphasis on youth suicide prevention. Under tribal resources, there are resources for health and suicide prevention, education and culture, links to funding and aid available to tribes, information about federal agencies and key legislation, and research and policy sources.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Established in 2010,the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention advances the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) by championing suicide prevention as a national priority, catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSSP, and cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center – The National Suicide Prevention Resource Center has an American Indian/Alaska Native page as well as a newsletter called the Weekly Spark, which offers Suicide Prevention Online Training.


Bullying Emerges as a Contributing Factor – The Scourge of Suicides among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth




Educational Advancement Programs

College Preparatory Programs

College Horizons – College Horizons is a non-profit organization providing college and graduate admissions workshops, in a five-day “crash course,” to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants across the nation. The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid.

SOAR (BYU) – SOAR, or Summer of Academic Refinement, is a five-day college preparation program which prepares and informs students of the educational benefits and expectations at Brigham Young University.

Graduate Horizons – Graduate Horizons is a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or  professional school).

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management – The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is the nation’s largest diversity network, linking top-tier students, leading MBA programs and corporate partners, including Fortune 500 companies.

Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives – The Pre-Law Summer Institute is an intensive two-month program which prepares American Indian and Alaska Native individuals for the rigors of law school by essentially replicating the first semester of law school.

Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative Medical/Dental Preparatory Program – A six-week summer program for college upperclassmen or recent graduates from traditionally underrepresented groups in the health profession. It is a pre-matriculation program for interested students accepted to the School of Medicine or Dental Medicine. Housing and a stipend are provided.

Health Career Opportunity Programs (University of Connecticut) – The Health Career Opportunity Programs (HCOP) actively recruits minority medical and dental students and supports those who are enrolled throughout the academic year.

Leadership Programs/Internships

Native American Congressional Internships – The Udall Foundation provides a ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. The internship is fully funded: the Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program.

Native American Political Leadership Program at The George Washington University – The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a FULL SCHOLARSHIP program designed to give Native American undergraduate and graduate students an incredible educational opportunity in the nation’s capitol. Partnering with Semester In Washington Politics, NAPLP students take classes at GWU, participate in hands-on internships, and interact with political leaders and policymakers.

Native American Research Internship (University of Utah) – This 10-week internship focuses on providing Native American undergraduate Junior and Senior students, interested in Health Science research, an outstanding laboratory or clinically based research experience working alongside world class research faculty at the University of Utah.

NCAI Internships & Fellowships – NCAI offers internships and fellowships to provide an opportunity for young leaders from throughout Indian Country to serve on the front lines of legislative action and policy development.

NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship - The NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship aims to address the stark disparities in Native health by building a pipeline of Native health professionals who are prepared to lead in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that meet the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Fellowship will include two components: 1) a financial award of $5,000; and 2) professional development in tribal health policy.

Washington Internship for Native Students – WINS students intern with Native advocacy government agencies across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, Economics, Social Service, Law, and Public Policy disciplines. WINS’s experiential curriculum develops student’s professional skills of self-determined community development and public advocacy.