Utah governor holds event to celebrate Indigenous Day

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Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced that he will attend the Indigenous Day Celebration at the Natural History Museum of Utah to pay tribute with members of the Native American community.

Amid the backdrop of the newly-opened museum, the event will showcase cultural performances, tribal presentations, light hors d’oeuvres and have the opportunity to be some of the first to view the “Native Voices” exhibit. This year’s theme is “Honoring Utah’s Indigenous People.”

“We want to celebrate the history, culture, language and life ways of the indigenous tribes in the beautiful state of Utah,” said Shirlee Silversmith, the new director of the Division of Indian Affairs. “It is vitally important to share and educate the public about the remarkable history and contributions of the first people of this nation.”

The event will take place today from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Natural History Museum of Utah at 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets to the event are available online, at indian.utah.gov/events/indigenous_day.html. Viewing the rest of the museum will require purchasing a full ticket.

Governor Herbert issued his annual declaration that November be observed as ‘American Indian Heritage Month’ and the Monday before Thanksgiving as ‘Indigenous People’s Day.’  Other activities being celebrated this month include the sixth annual Cedar Band of Paiutes Thanksgiving Pow Wow in Cedar City, Utah on Nov. 25 to 26, and a lunch sponsored by the American Indian Resource Center at the University of Utah on Nov 21. Information about these events can be found at indian.utah.gov.

For questions regarding American Indian Heritage Month, contact Indian Affairs at (801) 538 8808.

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