Coming Together For “Turning Vision Into Action” Governor To Speak At Native American Summit

What: 8th Annual Governor?s Native American Summit
When: Aug. 14-15. See a complete schedule at
Where: Utah Valley University, Orem – Sorensen Student Center Ballroom

Media: Please register before the end of Aug. 13. Contact Amanda Rock, 801.245.7208.

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will join leaders from Utah’s eight tribes to discuss issues important to Utah?s Native American communities.

The Utah Department of Heritage and Arts and Division of Indian affairs have teamed up with Utah Valley University this year to host the summit. The summit provides a forum for state agencies and other organizations to network with Utah?s American Indian population.

There will also be cultural demonstrations and performances, including dancers, art work and a drum circle.

On Aug. 14 the summit will kick off with an address from Governor Herbert. South Dakota State Director of USDA Rural Development, Elise Meeks will also be a guest speaker. 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. – 4 p.m. Guest speakers will be Howard Reiner, professional photographer; Nathaniel Todea, Utah state hydraulic engineer; and Cecelia Tso, Director of American Indian Teacher Education Collaboration at the University of Utah.

Aug. 15, the second day of the conference, will start with addresses from Lt. Governor Greg Bell, attorney Nikki Borchardt, and 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.