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Urban Indian Center Community Assessment

The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UIC) is pleased to announce that it is working on a special project.  This project is a community assessment to determine how the Center can better meet the needs of urban American Indians living along the Wasatch Front.  We would be pleased to have you participate in focused explorations of the issues important to you.

Are you American Indian or Alaska Native & age 18 or older?

Do you live in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, or Tooele County?

If so, we invite you to participate in the UIC’s special project to determine the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban areas along the Wasatch Front.

Click here to begin a 10-15 minute questionnaire, or visit the Urban Indian Center (formerly the Indian Walk-In Center) for more information.

Participants will be entered into a drawing for a tablet computer.  Three tablets will be given away at the beginning of January 2015.

Remember, you can shape and strengthen your community’s future by taking part in this exciting project.  Thank you in advance and please feel free to share this information.

Governor Herbert Signs Historic Executive Order at 9th Annual Native American Summit

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

History of Indian Affairs


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.

Governor’s Native American Summit

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs is pleased to announce the Tenth 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 2015 Governor’s Native American Summit.

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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!


Conference Registration

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

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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


Summit Schedule

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
8:30-10:45am-Plenary Session

  • Welcome, Shirlee Silversmith, Director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs
  • Spiritual Prayer, Aldean Ketchum
  • Presentation of Colors
  • National Anthem, Raenisa Ridley
  • Welcome & Remarks, Spencer Cox, Utah Lieutenant Governor
  • Welcome from Michelle Taylor, Vice President of Student Affairs, Utah Valley University
  • Remarks from Julie Fisher, Executive Director, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
  • Remarks from Jason Walker, Chairman, Utah Tribal Leaders
  • Host Tribe Spotlight, Malcolm Lehi
  • Cultural Performance by Ute Mountain Ute Bear Dance Chiefs
  • Feature Speaker, Roger Willie
  • Gubernatorial Keynote, Gary R. Herbert, Utah Governor
  • Student Artwork Presentation and Awards

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.

  • Paige Benally, Miss University of Utah American Indian Women Scholar 2014-2015, is an undergraduate student studying Nursing and minoring in Health Education. Miss Benally is originally from Montezuma Creek, UT.
  • Rozanna Benally-Sagg, Bachelor of Arts, University of New Mexico ’04, earned her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is currently a graduate student. She has worked in education for over 10 years, in the field of Speech-Language therapy. Mrs. Benally-Sagg is originally from Montezuma Creek, UT.
  • Michael Sagg, Bachelor of Science, Northern Arizona University ’03, earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as a Mechanical Engineer for almost 10 years. Mr. Sagg is originally from Sand Springs, AZ.
  • James Toledo, Executive Assistant, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, is currently a student at University of Utah studying Political Science and minoring in Sociology. He earned his Associate’s degree from Salt Lake Community College.  Mr. Toledo is originally from Salt Lake City, UT.

Day 2 – July 31, 2014
8:00am-Registration, Exhibits & Breakfast
8:30-10:50am-Plenary Session
-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

Summit Breakout Sessions

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Breakout Session 1 – Wednesday, July 30, 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Cultural Assets are Pathways To Higher Education & Professions: Overcoming The Challenges of History & Politics Thru International & Area Studies – Daniel Hernandez, Univ. of Utah International & Area Studies
  • FEMA-An Introduction – Megan Floyd, FEMA Region VII
  • How to Build Partnership With Native American Communities in Your Area – Tarina Bishop, Madeline Greymountain, Rob Harter, Jenny Mauer, and Amanda Whitely, Christian Ctr. of Park City
  • Rural Incentives & Grants For Business Development – Delynn Fielding, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Seeing Through The Smoke: A Future Free From Commercial Tobacco Abuse – Anna Guymon, Weber/Morgan Health Department and Eruera “Ed” Napia, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
  • Stimulating Tribal Economies Through Native CDFIs – Leslie F. Newman, Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC
  • Strategic Planning for Wellness – Roger Willie
  • Strengthening Families Program for American Indian – Ceceilia Tso, Strengthening Families Program

Breakout Session 2 – Wednesday, July 30, 1:45-3:00pm

  • Disasters Happen-You Can Be Ready! – Rich Foster, Utah Department of Health, and Eruera “Ed” Napia, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
  • Free Learning Tools For Teaching Culture, Language & History – Harold Carey, Jr., Navajo People
  • Grant Writing – Janee Livingston, Volunteers of American, Utah
  • Strengthen Collaboration By Understanding You Animal SpiritVickie K. Oldman-John, Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC
  • Tribal Community Groundwork To Prepare For Economic Development – Jay Mashburn, Rural Community Assistance Corporation
  • USDA Strike Force Targeting Poverty – Dave Conine & Panel, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
  • Utah Gateway Community Forum: Connecting Community Leaders With Their Neighboring Public Land Managers – Cory MacNuity, David Nimkin, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Ways To Help Build A Sustainable Future In the School System – Brenda Beyal, Margie Dobson, Nebo School District

Breakout Session 3 – Wednesday, July 30, 3:15-4:30pm

  • Creative & Healthy Cooking! What Can You Create With What Is In Your Pantry – Brittany Poulson, RDN, CDE, CD
  • Navajo Writing on Computer – Clayton Long, San Juan School District
  • Overview of the Utah Department of Corrections – Craig Burr & Panel
  • Preparing Your Community For Home Ownership – Bill Guevara, Wilvara Consulting Services
  • Rethinking Parental Education – Samantha Eldridge, National Education Association
  • Sober Visions: Revitalizing The Spirit In Native Communities – Damon Polk, Paiute Indian Tribes of Utah
  • Truth & Reconciliation: Is It Time? – Shauntele Curry-Smid, Northern Ute, Northern Paiute; David Derezotes, PhD, University of Utah College of Social Work; Lorena Horse, LCSW, Shoshone, Goshute; Sheldon C. Spotted Elk, JD, Northern Cheyenne

Breakout Session 4 – Thursday, July 31, 11:15am-12:30pm

  • Building Sustainability Through Mission-Driven Evaluation – Leslie F. Newman, Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC
  • Community Assessment With The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake – Caren Frost, PhD, MPH, Joseph Lascurain, University of Utah College of  Social & Urban Indian Center
  • Design Build Bluff-Building Better Architects With The Navajo Nation – Jose Galarza, Shundana Yusaf, University of Utah Design Build Bluff
  • Effective Native Leadership – Vickie K. Oldman-John, Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC
  • Emergency Management: Enhancing Resilience of Tribal Critical Infrastructure – Mark Lemery, Utah Statewide Information & Analysis Center (SIAC); Ralph Ley, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Healing the Warrior’s Heart – Taki Telonidis, Western Folklife Center; James Morgese, KUED 7
  • Help Get IHS Off Life Support! New Affordable Care Act Opportunities Expand Your Healthcare Services & Improve Delivery – Victoria Montiel, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake; Alida Montiel, Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA)
  • Moving Into The World of Work & Independence – Kenna Arcury, Carol Ruddell, Work Ability Utah


Youth Track Schedule

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

Youth Track Workshop Descriptions

  • Gregory Sheperd (Navajo), Utah Valley University Alumni ’14, received his degree in Computer Science, and he will present the basic concepts of computing as he uses a software program called “Scratch.” The software program was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students will have “hands on” experience in a computer lab.
  • Sam Hawkins, Native American Research Internship (NARI) Coordinator, University of Utah and NARI Student Interns will present their poster projects from their graduate work. Their posters will address topics within their various science fields of study.
  • Ed Napia, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, and Anna Guymon, Weber/Morgan Health Department will present “Out of the Smoke and Into Tomorrow,” a commercial tobacco prevention discussion for Native American youth.
  • Utah AISES Professionals and Students will demonstrate cloud chambers and will discuss Telescope Array and the use of UV fluorescing beads. Attendees can make their own detector bracelets. Conservation and engineering tools in water science will also be discussed and demonstrated by Nathaniel Toadea, Coordinator.
  • Sam Hawkins, Native American Research Internship (NARI), University of Utah and NARI Student Interns, will discuss various activities and opportunities for interns. This session targets Native American High School Juniors and Seniors, who are interested in the Health and Biomedical Sciences.
  •  Lauren Benally (Navajo), Financial Aid Advisor, Utah Valley University, will share ways to pay for college, types of financial aid opportunities, and demonstrate how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They will offer suggestions in how to keep student costs low and responsible “borrowing,” when paying for college.



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).


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The red arrows locate the Summit’s location, Sorensen building, and the parking structure. Click on map to view.


Exhibitor Booths

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).


Call for Student Artwork and Films
**Deadline Extended to July 14, 2014** UDIA - FLYER-Call for Student Artwork Videos Governors NAS DEADLINE EXTENDED

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

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Registration PacketAPPLICATION PACKET-Student Artwork and Videos DEADLINE EXTENDED
For more information, contact Rozanna at (801) 715-6703 or


Media Pass

To register for a Media Pass, contact Geoffrey at (801) 245-7205 or


Sponsorship Opportunities (Click on link for more information)

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 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 Funds received will not be used for political purposes or campaigns.


Student Spotlight

Beatrice Brewster (Northern Paiute)
Highland High School – Salt Lake City, UT

UDIA_Student Spotlight_B. BrewsterBeatrice Brewster, Northern Paiute, is a junior at Highland High school in Salt Lake City. Bea excels in her academic studies, artistic abilities and as an accomplished competitive figure skater.

Bea is currently an officer for National Honor Society at Highland High and maintaining a 3.8 GPA. She enjoys learning and giving back to her community. Bea’s favorite classes include AP Studio Art, AP English Literature and Creative Writing.

In her spare time, you can find Bea on the Ice preparing for a competition, a skating skills or ice dance test, UDIA_Student Spotlight_B. Brewster 2or expressing herself through her love of music and choreography. “It‘s a way to be free and unhinged” she says. Her favorite jump is a double loop. Bea’s mom is amazed every time she watches her skate; “She is so brave to get out there and do the things she does on a blade that is only 5/8” thick. I am so proud of her!” Bea also enjoys playing the guitar, painting, and playing with her black lab Star and her cat Thumbs. Her dream is to be a curator for a Museum of Art. Bea will be graduating early in June of 2015. She plans to attend college in Boston Massachusetts.

Tristan Halona (Navajo)
Provo High School – Provo, UT

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

Native American Arts & Crafts Sale – Salt Lake City, UT
Eccles Broadcast Center
December 5, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PMUDIA - Upcoming Events - Arts&Craft Sale KUED 1

Eccles Broadcast Center
101 S Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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Native American Holiday Arts Market – Salt Lake City, UT
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Shop for the holidays at the Urban Indian Center’s 25th Annual Native American Holiday Arts Market on December 6-7, 2014.  Native artists will be offering both contemporary and traditional pieces including jewelry , pottery, paintings and more.  Holiday Market hours are as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
120 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84115


Annual Youth Christmas Powwow – Salt Lake City, UT
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The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake presents the annual Youth Christmas Powwow on December 20, 2014.  This is a family friendly event celebrating American Indian culture.

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
120 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Host Drum: Medicine Thunder
Lead Singer: Tyson Shay
Master of Ceremony: Nino Reyos
Arena Director: Terry Rose
Spiritual Advisor: Lacee Harris
Color Guard: Utah Inter-Tribal Veterans, Arnie Lano

Admission: $2.00 donation at the door.

For more information, please contact Steve Todachiny at 801-214-7666, or 801-486-4877.

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.