Shari Pena – Foster Parent of the Year 2021
Overall, this year’s session of the Utah Legislature was mostly positive for Native Americans, even if (or maybe because) nothing groundbreaking was proposed. Many of the bills that will help tribes actually focus on larger issues that rural communities statewide want to address. There have also been multiple resolutions that either support tribes or pay tribute to indigenous people.
Leyonah Endischee, a freshman, entered the Utah State Senate Visual Arts Competition after being encouraged by her art teacher, Georgiana Simpson. Endischee ended up placing third, which earned her a trip to the Utah State Capitol and $1,000 for a 529 education savings account.
Utah’s eight sovereign tribes, as well as American Indians living throughout the state, will likely begin among the first groups to see real consequences because of the ongoing federal shutdown.
The annual report for the Division of Indian Affairs, submitted to the Utah Legislature every year, is now available for the public.The annual report covers fiscal year 2018, which ended June 30, 2018.
Native fusion might be the best way to describe the menu at the Urban Indian Center’s Native Foods potluck, featuring specialties from Utah’s eight tribes. Dishes ranged from the corn mush, infused with calcium-rich juniper ash, to bison and turnip stew and elderberry gravy. Side dishes included Piki and Kneel-down corn breads, which are considered Hopi and Navajo versions of tamales, as well as pine nut cake and an anti-inflammatory Navajo tea.
The partnership between the Division of Indian Affairs and Utah Valley University has provided important stability for the Governor’s Native American Summit, reports the Daily Herald.