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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.