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Utah Celebrates American Indian Heritage Month November 17, 2011

Utah Department of Community and Culture

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2011

Contact: Geoffrey Fattah 801.538.8809
Communications Director
Utah Department of Community and Culture

Utah Celebrates American Indian Heritage Month
Declaration Signing Planned in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City – As part of national Native American Heritage Month, Utahns will gather to pay tribute with members of the Native American community.

Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued his annual declaration that November be observed as ‘American Indian Heritage Month’ and the Monday before Thanksgiving as ‘Indigenous People’s Day.’

To recognize the occasion, Governor Herbert is scheduled to attend the Indigenous Day Celebration at the Natural History Museum of Utah. Amid the backdrop of the newly-opened museum, attendees will enjoy cultural performances, tribal presentations, light hors d’oeuvres, and have the opportunity to be some of the first to view the “Native Voices” exhibit. This year’s theme is “Honoring Utah’s Indigenous People.”

The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Natural History Museum of Utah (301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City). The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP, and print out a ticket online, before Monday at our website: http://indian.utah.gov/events/indigenous_day.html

Viewing the rest of the museum will require purchasing a full ticket.

“We want to celebrate the history, culture, language and life ways of the indigenous tribes in the beautiful state of Utah,” said Shirlee Silversmith, the new director of the Division of Indian Affairs. “It is vitally important to share and educate the public about the remarkable history and contributions of the first people of this nation.”

For questions regarding American Indian Heritage Month, contact Indian Affairs at 801.538.8808.

Indian Affairs is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture.

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