UVU To Host Governor’s Native American Summit
August 14, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
On August 14-15, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and leaders from Utah’s eight Native American tribes will gather at Utah Valley University to discuss issues important to Utah’s Native American communities.
“I believe that this is the first time in the eight years of the governor’s summit that it has been held on a university campus, so we are honored that UVU is able to host the governor, the lieutenant governor and each of the tribal leaders from reservations in our state,” said Ken Sekaquaptewa, Native American specialist at UVU’s Multicultural Student Services.
The event will be held in the Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center at UVU and is sponsored by the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts and Division of Indian Affairs. The summit provides a forum for state agencies and other organizations to network with Utah’s American Indian population.
On Aug. 14, the summit will kick off with an address from Governor Herbert. USDA Rural Development Director for South Dakota Elsie Meeks and UVU President Matthew S. Holland will also address guests. Breakout sessions will follow the addresses, with topics ranging from grant writing to tribal financial development. The day will end with a screening of the Sundance Film Festival official selection “Smoke Signals.”
For the first time, the summit will also be holding a youth track on Aug. 14 for Native American youth. The youth track will run in conjunction with the summit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Professional photographer Howard Reiner, Utah state hydraulic engineer Nathaniel Todea, and Director of American Indian Teacher Education Collaboration at the University of Utah Cecelia Tso will guest speak at the youth track.
The second day of the conference will start with addresses from Lt. Governor Greg Bell, attorney Nikki Borchardt and member of the Cedar Band of Paiutes Board of Directors Xavier Garcia. Breakout sessions will follow, as well as a lunch with a cultural performance by the Shivwits Youth Program. One more breakout session will follow, and the summit will end with another screening of “Smoke Signals.”
There will be cultural demonstrations and performances, including dancers, artwork and a drum circle, during the course of the summit.
For more information and to see a complete schedule for the event, visit heritage.utah.gov/dha/dha-special/governors-native-american-summit.