Governor's Native American Summit - POSTPONED to 2021
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 much discussion, the Utah Division of Indian Affairs has come to the decision that it is most responsible to postpone this event until 2021.
As you know, COVID-19 has complicated our daily lives and has made planning a large event that more challenging. We took much into consideration in making this difficult decision including some of the following factors:
- Concern over public health: many of our community members are considered high risk and we did not want to risk anyone getting sick from attending our event.
- Tribal government travel restrictions: many tribes have implemented strict travel restrictions to protect their communities and will likely not be in attendance if COVID cases continue to rise.
- Venue COVID restrictions: Safety protocols have been developed to ensure the safety of all attendees at events, including, but not limited to, only allowing 130 people to attend and social distancing measures that would further limit the number of participants who could attend each breakout session.
- Vendor space would be prohibited. Based on past survey data, networking and vendor/exhibitor experience was something our attendees looked forward to each year.
- Youth College Fair: The planned college fair for the Youth Track would be prohibited and we would not be able to include a youth track.
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 hope to have a successful and safe event in 2021.
Gov. Gary R. Herbert
Governor Gary R. Herbert has led Utah’s recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. His focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish.
The Governor is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah’s economy: education, jobs, energy and self-determination. As a result, Utah has become a premier destination for business, jobs, and an unsurpassed quality of life.
As Utah’s 17th Governor, he took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009. Prior to becoming the states’ chief executive, Governor Herbert served as Lieutenant Governor for five years and a Utah County Commissioner for 14 years. Governor Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, are the proud parents of six children and 16 grandchildren.
Host Tribe: Ute Indian Tribe - 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.
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.