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“Building a Sustainable Future Together” at 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit

For Immediate Release                     Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205     

10 July 2014                                            Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts


For Technical Information: James Toledo, 801.715.6702

“Building a Sustainable Future Together” at 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit

SALT LAKE CITY – The Governor’s Native American Summit will mark its ninth year by “Building a Sustainable Future Together,” as its theme. This year’s theme was built upon the idea of sustaining the future of Native American cultures in today’s current society, while working together. The Summit will be held on July 30 and 31.

Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, will host the site of the Governor’s Native American Summit, in collaboration with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Offices of the Utah Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Native American Summit Planning Committee, and Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.

Every year, the Native American Summit hosts a tribe to showcase their language and cultural traditions. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of White Mesa, Utah will be highlighted at the Summit. Cultural presentations will include youth from the tribe performing the Ute Mountain Ute Bear Dance, Bear Dance Chiefs singing traditional songs, and Flutist, Aldean Ketchum.

The Native American Summit will include Keynote Speaker, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, and Featured Speaker, Roger Willie, Native American actor in the movie, Windtalkers. A Fun Run and Walk at 6:00am will open the Summit on Wednesday, July 30. Over the two days of the Native American Summit, breakout sessions will address various topics such as language preservation, effective Native American Leadership, tools for cultural teaching, strengthening Native American families, and tribal economic development. A Youth Track has also been incorporated in conjunction with the Native American Summit, which is lead by Utah Valley University. The featured speaker for the youth track is Garrett Yazzie, who is known for his national award-winning science project on solar-powered heat. The youth track is arranged with breakout sessions and activities for the group. In the preceding months, a Call for Student Artwork and Films was issued within the state. Winners will be selected, and their artwork or film will be showcased at the Summit for the Governor to recognize.

“The Annual Summit is a tremendous opportunity for State government, Tribal Nations, and communities to come together for honoring the government to government relationships. It allows for dialogue of issues facing Tribal communities, finding solutions and resources. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2014 Governor’s Native American Summit,” said Shirlee Silversmith, Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. The Governor’s Native American Summit began in 2006 at the request of then, Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. and Lieutenant Governor Gary R. Herbert. The intent of the Native American Summit is to bring the eight sovereign Native American tribal nations of Utah together to bring positive communication among all entities. Also, this is an opportunity for Summit attendees to learn about resources available to them, within tribal or state agencies.

Monetary sponsorships have allowed a variety of opportunities for the Summit to continue its successful event, year after year. Confirmed platinum sponsors include American Express and Brigham Young University.

The Governor’s Native American Summit is scheduled for July 3031 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. To register as a participant for this year’s Governor’s Native American Summit, go online to The cost of registration for General Admission is $25, Students (Junior High, High School, and College) are free, and self-declared Elders are free. Also, for the latest Summit news, follow Utah Division of Indian Affairs on Facebook and Twitter.

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