Utah celebrating its American Indian heritage

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has declared November ‘American Indian Heritage Month’ and the Monday preceeding Thanksgiving as ‘Indigenous Day.’ During November, Utah students are encouraged to study the history of Utah’s American Indians and recognize the native people’s contributions to our nation, such as the American Indian veterans, the Code Talkers, and the fact that American Indians have participated in every U.S. war beginning with the Revolutionary War. There are many different events planned throughout the month. Highlighting the celebrations is the Indigenous Day Awards Dinner, Nov. 22, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Salt Lake City. The Division of Indian Affairs will honor all people who have made outstanding contributions to American Indians in the state of Utah. This year’s theme is ‘A Time of Health and Vitality.’ Utah is home to five indigenous nations: Goshute, Navajo or Dine’, Paiute, Shoshone, and Ute. For questions regarding American Indian Heritage Month, contact the Division of Indian Affairs at (801) 538-8808.

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