Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order to strengthen communication between state agencies and Utah’s eight sovereign tribes at the 9th Annual Native American Summit, held at Utah Valley University on July 20, 2014.
This executive order is the first of it’s kind and will ensure that Utah’s Native American tribes are consulted before any important decisions are made that will have impact on said tribes.
For the Full EO: Native American Summit Executive Order
For the full Press Release: Gov. Herbert takes steps to strengthen state-tribe communication
The Utah Division of Indian Affairs (UDIA) was created in 1953 when the Utah State Legislature passed the “Indian Affairs Act” creating the Commission on State Indian Affairs. The first director for the UDIA was hired in 1956. The UDIA is currently staffed by the Director, Research Analyst, and Secretary.
The UDIA has mandated functions, powers, duties, rights, and responsibilities under Utah Code Annotated (UCA), Chapter 9: Parts 1, 2, & 3 of the “Indian Affairs Act.”
Scope of Responsibility
Serve as the Indian Affairs authority for the state of Utah under UCA Sec. 9-1-101.
Serve as liaison and promote positive intergovernmental relations with and between Utah Indian Tribes, Office of the Governor, federal and state agencies, and local entities.
Coordinate with the Governor’s office to address Indian Affairs’ issues and develop policies.
Coordinate with the Native American Legislative Liaison Committee to develop Indian legislation and address Indian Affairs’ issues.
Works closely with the Native American Remains Review Committee to determine disposition of human remains found on state or school trust lands.
Monitor Utah and Federal Indian legislation which impacts Utah Indian Tribes and the state of Utah. Develop programs and services, provide alternatives, and implement solutions that will allow Indian citizens an opportunity to share in the progress of the state of Utah.
The Utah Division of Indian Affairs is pleased to announce the ninth annual Governor’s Native American Summit. This year’s event will be held on July 30th and 31st at Utah Valley University in Orem.
The purpose of the Summit is to build and strengthen working relationships between state and tribal governments, and its diverse network of community partners to address a multitude of issues impacting Utah’s American Indian population by addressing four critical areas: education, economic development, housing, and health.
Since its inception in 2006, the Summit has experienced significant growth and the Utah Division of Indian Affairs could not make this phenomenal event happen without the continued generosity and support of its partners! Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the 2014 Governor’s Native American Summit.
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!
Online Registration is now closed as of July 29, 4:00pm
ON-SITE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE at Governor’s Native American Summit
July 30 (Wed.) 7:30am Registration opens
July 31 (Thurs.) 8:00am Registration opens
General Admission (Online or on-site): $25.00
Students (Jr. High, High School, and College)*: Free
Elders (self-declared)*: Free
*Students and Elders, still required to register
Day 1 – July 30, 2014
6:00am-Morning Exercise: A light aerobics session will be hosted by the Utah Indian Health Advisory Board and Utah Department of Health
7:30am-Registration, Exhibits & Breakfast
10:45am-12:15pm-Private Meeting with Governor Herbert and Tribal Leaders
10:45-11:00am-Break, Exhibits & Refreshments
11:00am-12:15pm-Breakout Session 1
12:15-1:30pm-Lunch with Entertainment by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
1:45-3:00pm-Breakout Session 2
3:00-3:15pm-Break, Exhibits & Refreshments
3:15-4:30pm-Breakout Session 3
4:30-6:00pm-Dinner on your own
6:00pm-Movie: “Up Heartbreak Hill,” and Panel
Eric Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a free movie viewing hosted by Utah Education Network. The movie is a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.
Day 2 – July 31, 2014
8:00am-Registration, Exhibits & Breakfast
-Welcome, Shirlee Silversmith, Director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs
-Spencer Cox, Utah Lieutenant Governor
-Spiritual Prayer, Jack Cantsee, Jr.
-Tribal Leader Forum
10:50-11:15am-Break, Exhibits & Refreshments
11:15am-12:30pm-Breakout Session 4
12:30-2:00pm-Lunch with Flute performance by Aldean Ketchum, Ute Mountain Ute; Conference Evaluations Prize Drawing
Breakout Session 1 – Wednesday, July 30, 11:00am-12:15pm
Breakout Session 2 – Wednesday, July 30, 1:45-3:00pm
Breakout Session 3 – Wednesday, July 30, 3:15-4:30pm
Breakout Session 4 – Thursday, July 31, 11:15am-12:30pm
Day 1 – Wednesday, July 30
8:30-10:45am: Students are joined with the main Native American Summit general session
10:45am: Traveling to Utah Lake State Park, groups A & B load buses in parking lot L13 in front of the Student Life & Wellness Ctr.
11:30am: Lunch at Utah Lake Pavilion, boxed lunches will be provided
12:30pm: Workshops at Utah Lake Pavilion-Group A to Airport for Fire Science/Aviation workshops & tours; Group B remains at the lake for “Ecological Science and Traditional Indian Use of Utah Lake” workshop
2:00pm: Group A to Utah Lake, and Group B to Airport, snacks will be provided during transit
2:30-4:00pm: Repeat sessions
4:00pm: Load buses, return to Utah Valley University campus
Day 2 – Thursday, July 31
8:30-9:20am: Youth Track Feature Speaker, Garrett Yazzie
9:30-10:10am: Workshop Rotation #1
10:15-10:55am: Workshop Rotation #2
11:00-11:40am: Workshop Rotation #3
11:45am-12:25pm: Workshop Rotation #4
12:30-2:00pm: Students will join the main Summit attendees/schedule for Lunch and Closing
Parking is available for registrants on a first come, first serve basis in the parking garage, next to the Utah Valley University Sorensen Student Center. Registration is required to gain entry into parking garage. Utah Valley University is graciously providing free parking to all Summit registrants, on a first come, first serve basis; so please arrive early.
Overflow parking is available in Student Parking spaces (noted in yellow on UVU campus map).
The red arrows locate the Summit’s location, Sorensen building, and the parking structure. Click on map to view.
Exhibitor fee covers one individual for both days of the summit (July 30th and 31st). Exhibitor’s are provided with one standard six foot table and two chairs. Exhibitor must bring own equipment (i.e., extension cords, projector, laptops, etc).
Students will create an artwork piece or film capturing the essence of their Native American cultural heritage and/or language through this year’s theme, “Building a Sustainable Future Together.”
Participant Requirements: a) From a Native American tribe, b) student attends a Utah school
Categories by Student Grade Levels: a) 1st-3rd grade; b) 4th-6th grade; c) 7th-8th grade; and d) 9th-12th grade.
Prizes for each category: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places
Informational Flyer-FLYER-Call for Student Artwork Videos Governors NAS DEADLINE EXTENDED
Registration Packet-APPLICATION PACKET-Student Artwork and Videos DEADLINE EXTENDED
For more information, contact Rozanna at (801) 715-6703 or email@example.com
To register for a Media Pass, contact Geoffrey at (801) 245-7205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a sponsor, you will enable the Native American Summit to continue building and strengthening working relationships. We look forward to your sponsor partnership.
Platinum-$5,000.00: Platinum sponsorship includes your logo on Summit registration information, program, on-site signage, and website; acknowledgement at Summit; 1 Table with 10 seats for lunch for both days of Summit; mentioned in press release; and exhibit space.
Gold-$2,000 to $4,999: Gold sponsorship includes your logo on Summit program, on-site signage, registration information, and website; acknowledgement at Summit; 1 Table with 10 seats for lunch only one day of Summit; and exhibit space.
Silver-$500 to $1,999: Silver sponsorship includes your logo on Summit program, on-site signage and website; acknowledgement at Summit; and exhibit space.
To discuss a sponsorship opportunity, contact Jaclyn Burt at (801) 538-1481 or email@example.com. Funds received will not be used for political purposes or campaigns.
Tristan 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.
Tristan 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!
This month UEN partners with colleges and universities across the state, for a month-long festival of independent films produced by and about American Indians and Alaskan Natives. We’re pleased to share these quality stories of tribal nations and community beliefs, culture, and history with Utah learners of all ages. Film screenings are in-person and find more indigenous programming throughout the month on UEN-TV and now 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on our new channel, FNX!
Co-produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and Painted Sky, For The Generations: Native Story & Performance combines original performance footage and the artists’ own words to tell the performers’ stories, creating a narrative that is both gritty and beautiful in the artistry it showcases. The documentary travels agross the country and to Canada to capture the artists’ performances. Featured artists include award-winning pop-diva Jana Mashonee (Lumbee); classically trained ballet dancers Michael Greyeyes (Cree) and Santee Smith (Mohawk); Grammy winners Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo) and Bill Miller (Mohican); R&B songstress Martha Redbone (Choctaw/Shawnee/Cherokee); and Painted Sky’s own Northstar dancers.
The documentary also explores the performers’ efforts to instill cultural pride and identity in Native youth, who face challenges such as diabetes and depression. The film also examines the performers’ own efforts to overcome Native American stereotypes in television, cinema, and dance.
November 10, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Southern Utah University
Sharwan Smith Center, Room 161 D
351 W. University Blvd, Cedar City, UT
Healing the Warrior’s Heart examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. The program reveals the central role that military service plays in Native life and explores the spiritual traditions that help returning American Indian soldiers reintegrate into society. These traditions hold lessons for the nation as we seek to bring comfort and healing to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
November 11, 2014 – 5:00 PM
University of Utah
A. Ray Olpin Union Building, Union Theatre
200 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, UT
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter college futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s Up Heartbreak Hill is a moving look at high school graduation for a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.
A co-production of Long Distance Films, Native American Public Telecommunications, ITVS, POV’s Diverse Voices Project and New Mexico PBS, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with Native American Public Telecommunications.
November 11, 2014 – 7:00 PM
University of Utah
A. Ray Olpin Union Building, Union Theatre
200 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, UT
November 12, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Utah State University Eastern Blanding Campus
Blanding Arts & Events Center
576 W. 200 S. Blanding, UT
November 13, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Utah State University – Logan, UT
Taggart Student Center, 2nd Floor Auditorium
November 18, 2014 – 6:00 PM
Salt Lake Community College, South City Campus
Center for Arts & Media, Multi-Purpose Room
1575 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT
News headlines all over the West reinforce negative stereotypes of Native Americans. They live in communities associated with drug use, alcoholism, and random acts of violence. In these societies defined by loss, a lack of infrastructure, substandard education, and addiction have led to despair. But that isn’t the entire story. A pocket of hope lies in the sport of running. Endurance running has long been a key spiritual element of Native American cultures—one through which individuals can demonstrate strength and resilience. Its importance has declined as modern problems have emerged, but many still preach its benefits. Through endurance running the next generation can learn mental toughness, the value of proper nutrition, and the gratification that comes from winning.
Can these high school seniors use running to beat the odds and earn a scholarship to a prestigious college?
November 14, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Utah Valley University
Student Center, Rooms 206 A,B & C
800 W. University Parkway, Orem, UT
Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire’s dreaded Death Star.
November 18, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Utah Valley University
Student Center, Rooms 206 A,B & C
800 W. University Parkway, Orem, UT
The Utah Division of Indian Affairs joined forces with the Utah State Library Division to offer 19 mini grants of up to $1,000 to help public libraries, school libraries, and tribal libraries enhance their educational activities associated with American Indian Heritage Month during the month of November 2014. The Indigenous Month Mini Grant was open to libraries in the State of Utah interested in holding educational events or activities that honor our American Indian heritage.
* Funds for this project have been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, and are administered by the Utah State Library.
The open House is an educational, family-friendly event featuring authentic Native American display, demonstrations, story-telling, dance, hands-on craft activities, music and other attractions that showcase the role of American Indians in the past and current history and culture of Utah and beyond. This is FREE and open to the public.
The program will take place at the Dow Jones Complex, 438 West 400 North in Tooele, Utah. For more information, please contact Marney Zambrano at 801-833-1961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ute Mountain Ute tribe is hosting a health fair from 9:00-2:00 PM at the Community Center. Bring the family for an afternoon of storytelling and basket making at the Education Center. The storytelling and basket making activities will begin at 4:00 PM. The Education Center is located at 33 Mesa View Drive in White Mesa, Utah.
For more information, please contact Dan Raisor at 435-678-2035 or email@example.com.
Glenn Rogers, a member of the Shiviwitz Tribal Council will present a program on the history and culture of the Paiute Indians in Southern Utah. This program will be held on Thursday, November 13th at the Washington Branch Library, located at 220 North 300 East in Washington, Utah. The program will start at 7:00 PM.
For more information, please contact the Washington Branch Library at 435-627-2706.
Celebrating Cedar City’s Heritage and Culture is an educational, family-friendly event featuring Shannon Martineau, member of the Paiute Tribes of Utah, will share the tribe’s creation story at the Restoration Monument in front of the Cedar City Library. Ms. Martineau will also explain the Paiute Tribe’s written language and its correlation with their sign language. Children will also have an opportunity to create their own petroglyphs.
The program will take place at the Cedar City Public Library located at 303 North 100 East in Cedar City, Utah. For more information, please contact Lauren McAfee at 435-586-6661 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One County, One Book: Native American Dance Workshop is an educational, family-friendly event where anyone can learn powwow and hoop dancing. In addition to learning these traditional dances, participants will learn about the history behind these traditional dances. **The first 100 families will receive a book of Native American stories.**
The event is taking place at the Viridian Event Center located at 8030 South 1825 West in West Jordan, Utah. For more information, please contact Liesl Seborg at email@example.com.
Utah Valley University
Student Center Grande Ballroom
800 W. University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
Grand Entry: 12:00 PM & 6:00 PM
Master of Ceremonies: Bart Powaukee (Nez Perce/Ute)
Spiritual Advisor: Winston Mason (Hidatsa/Mandan)
Arena Director: Joseph Baldwin (Shoshone Bannock)
Head Drum Judge: A.J. Kanip
Head Man: Shane Etsitty (Diné)
Head Lady: Lahoma Scabby (Pima-Maricopa)
General Admission: $5.00
Admission with Student ID: $4:00
Free: 65+ and children 5 years and under
The re-enactment of the Long Walk of the Navajo has become a yearly event for fifth grade students at Blanding Elementary School. Participating students get to experience what life was like for the many Navajo’s who had to endure this humiliation.
In preparation for the Long Walk event, fifth grade teacher Robert Turk, teaches students about the history, suffering, and hardships of the Long Walk. In addition, students are required to do a project about the Long Walk. This event kicks off Heritage Week at Blanding Elementary School.
Students and participants will walk to West Water, a small Navajo community, where they will make frybread and enjoy lunch with community members and hear stories from a Navajo elder. This event is free and open to the public, for more information, please contact Clayton Long, Bilingual Education Director, at (435) 678-1251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An entertaining and educational evening for Spanish Fork 4th and 7th grade students and their families, will include: A Native American Drum Group, Wasatch Eagles dance group and Native Artists with cradle boards, teepees and other crafts. The evening will give students and their families’ hands on experience with Native American Crafts, hear stories and see dances of Native Americans, from this area. They will feel the beat of the drums and a sense of being a part of Indian life.
Larsen Elementary School
1175 E. Flonette Drive
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Dinner will be served from 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
*Dinner includes indian Taco $5.00 and a drink $1.00.
Performance begins at 6:30 pm
Contact the Title VII office at email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Larsen Elementary Library.
* All dinner proceeds will be used for Scholarships, for Nebo Graduating Seniors.
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.
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 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.