OREM, Utah — American Indian leaders, state officials, business owners, and educators will gather for the 12th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit on July 20 with an emphasis on continued growth for the eight sovereign tribes in Utah and improved relations between tribal leaders and state officials.
The one-day gathering will be held at Utah Valley University and will include more than 20 sessions focused on building Native American economies, schools, and communities. The theme for the 2017 Native American Summit is “Embracing Paths To Success.”
“Since we began the Native American Summit more than a decade ago it has provided an important forum to discuss our common goal of improving the lives of Native Americans in our state,” Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said. “This gathering provides everyone an opportunity to tackle difficult issues together, including education and economic development.”
The featured speaker, Jacqueline Pata, is the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit (Kling-get) Tribe.
A Youth Summit will be held concurrently with the Native American Summit. Native American youth will attend sessions focusing on topics that include science and technology activities, healthy living tips, suicide prevention, and cultural appreciation.
Since 2005, the Governor’s Native American Summit has become a premier gathering for individuals interested in helping Utah’s Native communities grow and thrive. The summit has grown into an event that attracts hundreds of people and dozens of sponsors and exhibitors.
Major sponsors for the Governor’s Native American Summit are American Express and Utah Valley University. Other sponsors include: American Indian Services; AT&T; Brigham Young University; Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Intermountain Health Care; Molina Healthcare; Dominion Energy (Questar Gas); Sacred Circle Health Care; Smiths Food & Drug; Synchrony Bank; University of Utah; Utah Department of Health; Utah Department of Public Safety; Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs; Utah Division of Parks and Recreation; Utah Navajo Health Systems; Wells Fargo Bank; Zions Bank.
Media is invited to cover the entire Native American Summit.
What: Governor’s Native American Summit
When: July 20, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gov. Herbert will speak during the morning session, which begins at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Utah Valley University, Sorenson Student Center, 800 West University Parkway, Orem. Because of construction, it is recommended to enter the UVU campus from University Parkway.