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Tribal Consultations

The Governor’s Executive Order on Tribal Consultations, effective beginning in 2014, directs each state agency to develop a formal tribal consultation policy. This ensures tribes have input when the state is contemplating actions that have tribal implications.

“Consultation, communication, and cooperation between state agencies and Utah’s tribal nations are already taking place and yielding positive results,” Governor Gary R. Herbert said when issuing the Executive Order. “This consultation executive order will build upon these successes and shows our strong commitment to strengthening the government-to-government relationship between the state and the tribes.”

The full text of the executive order is available in HTML and PDF (begins on page 5). The press release announcing the order is also available.

Through the executive order, each state agency will be required to compile a report of consultation activities annually. These will be submitted to the governor and lieutenant governor, shared with tribal leaders, and posted for public review. Current reports are available in PDF format below. Past reports can be requested by contacting us.

Governor’s Office of Economical Development Tribal Consultation Report FY17

Department of Workforce Services Tribal Consultation Report FY17

Department of Public Safety Tribal Consultation Executive Summary FY17 and Consultation Report

Department of Environmental Quality Tribal Consultation Report FY17

Board of Pardons & Parole Tribal Consultation Report FY17


12th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit

“Embracing Paths To Success”

July 20, 2017

Utah Valley University – Sorensen Student Center


Early Registration – CLOSED
On-Site Registration will be available – $30.00 (cash, credit or money order)
Youth Track – FREE (promo code: Youth)

About the Summit

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs celebrates the 12th anniversary of the Governor’s Native American Summit.  This year’s theme is “Embracing Paths to Success.”   The theme reflects our focus on working together to strengthen family and tribal communities in order to build a better future for Utah’s Native American population.

This year, we proudly welcome keynote speaker Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe and is the 4th Vice President for the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Ms. Pata serves on a variety of national executive boards, including as Vice President for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Board Member for the George Gustave Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. She also serves as on the board for Sealaska Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation. In her commitment to American Indian youth development, Pata sits on the Native American Advisory Council for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. We are happy to have her at this year’s Summit.

Summit Agenda





Parking Information

Location – Sorensen Student Center @ Utah Valley University Campus (800 West University Park, Orem)

  • Enter the campus from University Parkway.   Follow the signs to the Native American Summit / Student Center.


Parking will be complimentary through UVU.

  • Enter the parking terrace by the Sorenson Student Center
  • Park in any non-reserved spot
  • Use parking code 031478 @ the kiosk near the building entrance



2018 American Indian Caucus Day at the Capitol

Every year the Utah Division of Indian Affairs (UDIA) invites state and tribal leaders, legislators, community members and partners to attend our annual America Indian Caucus Day at the Capitol.  Caucus Day provides an opportunity for state government to maintain and strengthen its relationship with Utah’s eight sovereign tribal nations by encouraging discussions between state and tribal leaders.

Please join us at our annual American Indian Caucus Day at the Capitol on Monday, February 5, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Utah State Office Building. We will provide more information as details are finalized.

Event Location

The 2018 American Indian Caucus Day is being held in the Utah State Office Building, which is the building behind (north) the State Capitol. Enter through the main entrance located on the south side of the building.  Take the elevator to the basement.  Please remember to check-in at the registration table.

Click here for map of Capitol grounds.

Agenda – State Office Building, Auditorium

8:30 – 9:00 AM –  Attendee Check-in
9:00 – 9:30 AM –  General Session
– Welcome
– Spiritual Prayer
– Cultural Performance
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM – TBA
Networking Time


Parking is very limited during the Legislative Session and taking public transit or carpooling is encouraged.  Street parking is available. Please pay attention to parking enforcement signs. Click here for directions and parking information.


Utah’s Indigenous Day 2016

About Indigenous Day:

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs celebrates, honors and recognizes the countless contributions of Utah’s American Indian community at its annual Indigenous Day celebration. As part of National Native American Indian Heritage Month, UDIA and its network of partners work together to promote events celebrating Native culture throughout the state.

This year, we will celebrate our Indigenous Day event, “Spiritual Wings: Embracing Native Culture”, on November 4, 2016, at Thanksgiving Point’s Red Barn in Lehi, Utah.




Indigenous Day Poetry Contest:

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs is excited to sponsor a state-wide poetry writing contest open to all Utah American Indian students (grades 3-12) in honor of Utah’s Annual Indigenous Day celebration. This poetry contest is an excellent opportunity for Native students to express themselves and recognize the many contributions of Utah’s American Indian communities.  The goal of the contest is to encourage Native students to identify the value of culture and how culture can help them achieve their goals.

This contest is open to Utah American Indian students in school districts, charter, public and private or home schools, grades 3-12. Entries must be submitted by October 21, 2016 (submit by email or online at

Please contact Meredith Lam ( if you have additional questions regarding the poetry contest.

Contest parameters




Upcoming Events


Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
120 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah

* Every Wednesday













U of U Family Park Days
Learn about attending the University of Utah!

JULY 15, 2017   /   12 – 3 PM

















23rd Annual Native American Celebration In the Park Powwow

MONDAY – JULY 24, 2017

12PM – 1st Session Grand Entry







6th Annual “Celebrating the People” Powwow
Monday, July 24, 2017

South Jordan City Park
11000 S. Redwood Road
South Jordan, Utah

Grand Entry: 12PM & 6PM















July 28-29, 2017


Grand Entry:

Friday – 7PM
Saturday – 12PM & 7PM






10th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit: “Hozho Speaks – Love, Peace, Beauty, and Harmony”

The Annual Native American Summit began in 2005 at the request of then Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., as a way of facilitating a discussion between state government, business and tribal leaders to address and develop solutions to various challenges that American Indians living in Utah face.

This year, the Utah Division of Indian Affairs celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Governor’s Native American Summit at Utah Valley University July 30-31, 2015.


American Express
Brigham Young University
Utah Valley University
Department of Public Safety
Zions Bank
Wells Fargo
University of Utah Health Care
Molina Healthcare




Annual Li’l Feathers Benefit Pow Wow – Saturday, May 2, 2015

Annual Li’l Feathers Benefit Pow Wow will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015:
Granger High School2015lilfeatherspowwowflyer pdf
3580 South 3600 West
West Valley City, UT

Grand Entry:  12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Admission:  $3 – Adults, $2 – Students
*Elders (60 and older), children under 12, drummers & singers – FREE

Please see flyer for more information.

Upcoming Events

UDIA - Navajo Rug Show
November 6-8, 2015

The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program Presents ‘Weaving Ceremonial Blankets’ – The 26th Annual Navajo Rug Show and Sale from November 6-8, 2015 – Snow Park Lodge, Deer Valley – Park City, Utah.  Please see flyer for full schedule of events.

Friday, November 6, SPECIAL EVENT, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

* Preview/sale of rugs, jewelry/crafts; hors d’oeuvres served; entertainment; live auction

– Admission:  Adults $30, Children $10 (under age 12)

Saturday and Sunday, November 7-8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

* Sale of rugs, jewelry/crafts; pageant, weaving demonstrations; Native American Grandma and Grandpa Idol; Veterans ceremony; closing pow wow

– Admission:  $5 or canned food donation