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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


How we work with local tribes

Utah Division of Indian Affairs (UDIA) reports to Utah’s Tribal Nations at least six (6) time per year. UDIA provides general information to the public regarding Tribal information.  For specific information or business related inquires, UDIA refers people directly to the Tribal Nations.  UDIA is responsible for repatriation of human remains found on non federal (state and private) lands. UDIA works with the Governor and Lt. Governor and tribal governments in planning the Annual Native American Summit. UDIA arranges for the Annual Indian Caucus Day during the General Legislative Session. UDIA works closely with the following committees: Utah Native American Housing Committee, Tribal and Indian Issues Committee, Utah Indian Health Advisory Board, Utah Tribal Emergency Response Committee, Indian Child Welfare Act, Utah Tribal Leaders Committee, Native American Remains Review Committee (NARRC), and Native American Legislative Liaison Committee (NALLC).

State Agency Liaisons

Melissa Zito, MS, RN
AI/AN Health Liaison/Health Policy Consultant
Office of AI/AN Health Affairs
Utah Department of Health
Office: 801-273-6644
Fax: 801-273-4150

Dr. Harold Foster Jr.
Board of Education
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Office: 801-538-7743
Fax: 801-538-7769

Alisa Lee
Department of Human Services
Indian Child Welfare Administrator
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Office: 801-703-0387

Julie Hauser
Department of Corrections
Utah State Prison (USP)
PO Box 250
Draper, Utah 84020
Office: 801-576-7605

Anna Boynton 
Tribal Technical Consultant
Department of Public Safety (DSP-DES)
P.O.Box 141710
1110 State Office Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1710
Office: 801 538-9730

Jennifer Elsken 
Environmental Program Manager I
Department of Transportation
UDOT Calvin Rampton Complex
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Office: 801-518-4956



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Indian Affairs Services

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs serves as a liaison and promotes positive intergovernmental relations with and between Utah Indian tribes, the Governor’s office, federal and state agencies, and local governing offices. The agency coordinates with the governor’s office, the Native American Legislative Liaison Committee, and other legislative committees to address Indian Affairs’ issues and develop policies.

The agency meets regularly with the Native American Remains Review Committee to determine ownership and disposition of Native American remains found on state or non-federal lands. It monitors Utah and Federal legislation which impacts Utah Indian Tribes and the state of Utah. The agency develops programs and services, provides alternatives, and implements solutions that will allow Indian citizens an opportunity to share in the progress of the state of Utah.

Each year, Utah Division of Indian Affairs(UDIA) provides over 100 informational presentations to schools, colleges, business, etc.