15th annual governor's
Native American Summit
August 6, 2021
Native American Summit
August 6, 2021
"Engaging Communities: Strength and Resilience by Working Together"
Our long-term goal for this conference is to bring together tribal leaders, community partners, government officials, educators, students, and community members to engage in productive dialogue to help Utah’s tribal communities grow and thrive.
After last year's postponement due to COVID-19, the Utah Division of Indian Affairs is excited to resume our annual event this year.
As you know, COVID-19 has complicated our daily lives and has made planning a large event that more challenging. Though we are in the early stages of planning, we do so with the safety of Tribal leaders and community members attending our event at the forefront.
We are grateful to Utah Valley University for their continued involvement in hosting the Governor's Native American Summit, for our many sponsors, and for members of our community who participate in this event. We look forward to a successful and safe event in 2021.
Gov. Spencer J. Cox
A sixth-generation Utahn, Gov. Spencer J. Cox was born and raised in Fairview, a town of 1,247 residents located about two hours south of Salt Lake City. He graduated from Snow College, Utah State University and Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Cox met Abby Palmer at age 16 and they have been smitten with each other ever since. After Spencer’s service as a missionary in Mexico, the couple married and moved away to continue their education. Gov. Cox launched his career as an attorney clerking for U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart and began building a successful law practice at a Salt Lake City firm, Fabian & Clendenin. He returned to Fairview to join the family business, CentraCom, as vice president and general counsel.
In Fairview, Gov. Cox served as a city councilman, mayor, county commissioner and state legislator before being appointed to serve as Utah’s lieutenant governor in 2013.
Gov. Cox has spoken out and led out on some of the state’s most daunting challenges including the current coronavirus crisis, homelessness, suicide prevention and bullying. His efforts contributed to Utah’s unprecedented prosperity while fulfilling his constitutional mandate to ensure free and fair elections as the state’s chief election officer. Cox is a vocal advocate for civility in politics, and he’s committed to improving education, strengthening the economy, bolstering Utah’s rural communities, supporting public health, and ensuring opportunity for all Utahns.
Gov. Cox and wife Abby are proud parents of four children: Gavin, Kaleb, Adam and EmmaKate. He and his family enjoy spending time in Utah’s amazing backcountry. He also plays the bass guitar with his brother in a local rock band.
Host Tribe 2021:
Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation
We are honored to have the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation serve as Host Tribe for the 15th Annual Governor's Native American Summit.
Come prepared to learn more about the Ute Indian Tribe as they share their culture through cultural performances, hands on make-and-take crafts and tribal highlights during the morning plenary sessions.
We will provide updates as details are finalized.
Draft event schedule:*
Friday, August 6, 2021:
7:30 - 8:30 AM: Check-in and Walk-Up Registration
8:30 - 10:30 AM: Morning Plenary Session (adults and youth combined)
10:45 - 11:30 AM: Morning Breakout Session
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch with Cultural Presentations
1:00 - 3:45 PM: Afternoon Breakout Sessions
4:00 - 5:15 PM: Closing Reception (everyone)
*Draft agenda, subject to change.
The annual Governor’s Native American Summit is the only event of its kind in Utah, where state government, tribal leaders, community partners, educators, students, and community members converge to celebrate Native culture and find solutions to issues impacting Utah’s American Indian communities. As a sponsoring partner, your company/organization will have an opportunity to interact directly with Utah’s Native American community and the 500 expected attendees.
We invite you to be a contributing community partner for this year's Summit. For more information, contact James Toledo.
The annual Governor's Native American Summit is the only event of its kind in Utah, where state government, tribal leaders, community partners, educators, students, and community members converge to celebrate Native culture and find solutions to issues impacting Utah's American Indian communities. As an exhibiting partner, your organization will have an opportunity to interact directly with Utah's Native American community and the 500 expected attendees.
If you would like learn more about vendor or exhibit opportunities, please email James Toledo.