The Utah Division of Indian Affairs celebrates the 16th annual Governor’s Native American Summit, on July 28, 2022, at the University of Utah! We are honored to have the University of Utah host this year’s Summit and we hope to see you in Salt Lake City.
The annual Governor’s Native American Summit is a unique event where State and Tribal Leaders, community stakeholders, and Utah’s Native American community come together to learn from each other about how to solve the many challenges facing Utah’s Native American communities, and more importantly, we gather to celebrate our cultures that are still thriving today. Utah is home to approximately 59,000 American Indian/Alaska Natives and we have tribal members representing more than twenty nations who call Utah home (ACS 1-Year Estimates Public Use Microdata Sample 2019).
Our conference theme, Elevating Ourselves: Restoring Balance by Connecting with Our Cultures, was inspired by the growing desire among Native people to learn more about their cultures and how cultural knowledge can help us overcome life’s challenges. The pandemic emphasized how important cultural knowledge is to Native people and how learning more about our cultures can lead to positive outcomes in our lives. We have breakout sessions that focus on education, health/mental health, cultural preservation, economic development, and civic engagement. We hope we will see you on July 28th!