Nizhónígo Nee Ado’ááł (Have a beautiful day)

Last Thursday, students and families across Nebo School District gathered at Larsen Elementary to learn about Native American culture and history. This event included something for the whole family. For the adults and teens, featured guest speaker Julius Chavez captured the audience's attention with his knowledge and expertise about Native American origin stories and constellation stories. He performed several songs and explained the meaning behind those songs. For the children, there was warm fluffy frybread to enjoy, and they were able to see a demonstration of the origin of the cradleboard (a board to which an infant is strapped into). Overall the event provided entertainment, performances, yummy food, and good company.

Over 50 students from various Junior High and High School showed up to the event. Many students brought a close friend with them or their parents. A majority of the students who came to the event came from Maple Mountain High School.

Nebo Title VI Parent Committee and community members we able to make over 100 Indian Tacos for patrons of this event, and spent a lot of time outside of this event preparing the food, and organizing the event. As always, Brenda Beyal amazed those in attendance with her magical frybread making skills. All the proceeds from this event are going towards our scholarship fund. So far, the Nebo Title VI Program has given away 40 scholarships over the years.

Current and alumni Title VI students performed several different songs and stories for the event. Some songs included the "Navajo Puppy Song", "Who Is My Mother", and an original song written by Rosebud Quintana called, "Be Proud of Who You Are." Some dances included Navajo Basket and Navajo Sashbelt Dance. All of the students who participated and performed did a wonderful job.

A special thank you to all the Elementary and Secondary Teachers who announced this event in their classrooms and even allowed their students to get extra credit for attending. Also, thank you so much to the many community members who donated their time, and even donated food for the Indian Taco Sale. It was truly a group effort that made this event possible. 

Please take a look at the video below. Spanish Fork Channel 17 flimed this event, and highlighted some aspects of the night. 

Student Leadership Conference at UVU
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Student Leadership Celebration

When: Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: UVU Campus

Title VI Programs and USBE have been planning this event for almost a year to recognize and honor American Indian Students who have excelled in various categories such as academics, community service, athletics, leadership, art, language, culture and securing scholarships. Families and community members are invited to this important event celebrating regional Title VI programs and Nebo School District student
accomplishments. Along with the awards ceremony, we will have educational break-out sessions to educate and inspire all who attend, lunch will be served. We need to get an accurate count of those attending so please RSVP to Eileen or to your Title VI Representative (Natalie, Analysa, Shoshana or Brenda). We will make plans for transportation as soon as we know how many are going.

Nebo Title VI is excited to announce that our Scholarship Application is now available. Download here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Native American, Alaska Native as determined by Federal 506 Identification form
  • A senior in the Nebo School District
  • Will be attending an accredited college/university or technical/vocational school in the fall
  • GPA above 3.0 is desirable, however, all aspects of this application will be weighted.
  • Scholarship can only be used for tuition and books
  • This scholarship is a one time, non-renewable scholarship

Include with your Application:

  • Photo: 4x6 color photo of yourself (Original print, no photocopies, and sign the back of your photo)
  • Essay: It should include information about you, service to community, family, and tribe, leadership in school and community. Explain why you chose the school you will be attending an area of study. Include your academic and career goals along with personal future plans. Describe why you feel you need this scholarship and how you plan to give back to your community. Length: Do not exceed 2 pages or be less than one-page double-spaced, 12 pt. font only
  • Recent transcript – does not have to be official

Nebo Title VI strongly encourages all Native American or Alaskan Native seniors to apply for this scholarship. Good luck to all who apply. 

Nebo Title VI will be holding a Story Telling Night on February 22, 2018. This event will be held at Larsen Elementary at 6:00-8:30 pm. Julius Chavez will be our featured speaker. Our Nebo Title VI Performing Arts group will share constellations stories, and perform some songs. This is an event for the whole family. 

The Title VI Parent Committee will be holding an authentic Indian Taco Sale in order to raise money for scholarships. Indian Tacos will be $7 a plate or $30 for a family of five. Please attend if you can. it should be a fun night filled with cultural enrichment, and yummy food. If you would like to donate food for the Taco Sale, please sign up here.

Extra Credit for Junior and High School students is available based on teacher's approval. For more information on this event, please view this flyer

Nebo Title VI Students Visit the Utah State Capitol
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On Monday, Nebo Title VI students had the opportunity to visit the Utah State Capitol. Students in attendance were from various Junior High and High Schools in Nebo School District. Many students were able to meet local legislatures and tribal leaders. Students were also fortunate enough to be able to see the "Go West" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. The field trip was a wonderful learning experience for all the students, and the Nebo Title VI Program is truly grateful for the parents who took time out of their day to spend the day at the Utah State Capitol with their children.

Eileen Quintana Thoughts on the Field Trip:

"We took 26 students on this trip to the capitol. Three of our students Canyon Haveron - SHHS, Ciera Alldredge PHS, Alfredo Quintana MMHS, job shadowed Senators and Representative for the day, which gave them an inside look into the process of lawmaking.

Those that didn't "shadow" were able to tour the capitol including the "Telling My Utah Story" exhibit, we had the opportunity to meet and talk with our legislator Senator Henderson about issues that are of
concern for our community. Students enjoyed seeing the artwork, sitting in the balcony where bills are passed into law, many of our students had not visited the capitol before so it was fun to see their

The American Indian Caucus Day gathering took place right next door under the supervision of the Director of Division of Indian Affairs, Shirlee Silversmith and her staff. They made the arrangements for shadowing for us. As Nebo students entered the tribal leader's assembly, we were honored to have Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathon Nez address our students with a special talk about responsibilities of future leaders! Goshute tribal Chairman Rupert Steele offered a prayer and blessed Nebo students on stage at this
tribal leaders conference. We met and ate with Utah tribal leaders and delegates, they were very happy to see young Native American youth participating in this event. I think what I kept hearing over and over
from different people was this simple observation that I heard upon arrival "It warms my heart to see our youth showing up to an event like this and participating, your tribe needs you."

Our field trip was informative and an important teaching experience, we are currently tracking bills in the after-school lab that will impact our Native communities. Director Silversmith made arrangements for our students to visit the Museum of Fine Arts which is usually closed on Mondays, but they opened it for our students to see the "Go West" exhibit, art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This exhibit examines the development and disruption of the American West through more than eighty original artworks by Euro-American and Plains Indian artists!  We had a BLAST, thank you for making this possible!"

Eileen Quintana
Program Manager 

"As part of the New Nation Project series of events, the Dept. of Heritage & Arts is hosting a high school student letter-writing contest. Students grades 9-12 are encouraged to submit a letter to their elected official through the online form at Every letter will teach it's intended official, and qualifying letters will be entered into a random drawing for the chance to win a ticket to see the Broadway hit "Hamilton". The goal is to get young people engaged in the civic process. The contest closes Feb. 20th." 

-Sarina V. Ehrgott (Marketing & Communications Manager, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts)



Navajo Government Class
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"There are two options for Navajo Government Classes this year, Government Class is one of two prerequisite classes for the Navajo Nation Chief Manuelito Scholarship. You must take Navajo Government and Navajo Language to qualify! The FIRST class is online and ON YOUR OWN, you must register through me (email me at for the online course. The SECOND option is the live class, held at Jordan High School in Sandy on 4 Saturdays (Feb-March). Registration for the live class is just showing up to the first class at Jordan High School. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THE LIVE CLASS! There is a commitment, you CANNOT miss one class in both the online/live class. Please send me (Eileen) an email to let me know which class your student will be taking." 

-Eileen Quintana, Title VI Program Manager 


Congratulations to the following students for achieving High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for Term 2! We are so proud of you. This is such a great accomplishment to be celebrated and acknowledged. Keep up the excellent work. You are all wonderful students who are accomplishing incredible things at your school."

High Honor Roll

High School:
Kacey Melton
Mitchell Begay
Taylon Morris
Ciera Alldredge
Micah Button
Kelina Anderson
Ruby Campbell
Seka Groves
Kalob Eddie
Calvin Walker
Emily Wilson
Enrique Williams
Daisha Beck
Danica Butler 
Brooke Carter 
Jackson Adams 
Carlitta Devenport
Nicole Powell
Junior High:
Maisy Melton
Isabel Fuentes
Spencer Jackson
Miguel Delgadillo
Camryn Mehl
Ammon Anderson
Lucy Sloan
Ammon Beck
Karley Carron-Campbell 
Kadren Devenish
Kayden Cruz
Julia Hernandez
Jared Letzerich
Benyse Millet
Kawaimalie Fuentes
Miles Graymountain
Ellie Sloan
Clifton Carron-Campbell Jr
Dante Ketchum
Krista Larsen
Eric Zavala
Honor Roll
High School:
Katanna Bitsoi 
Rio Cruz 
Matthew Thompson 
Sedona Belone 
Emilio Woody 
Joshua Mckee 
Macy Redhouse 
Breanne Burby 
Cerina Camacho-Jimenez 
Malena McKee 
Austin Butler 
Jaxon Billy 
Ella Boren 
Kaitlyn Chavis-Lewis 
Kylan Poyer 
Andrew Yazzie 
Junior High:
Victorya Alley
Brock Burby
Brigum Eddie
Coral McKell
Hillary Tsosie
Randin Rhatigan 
KaciRay Cook 
Kylee Simmons 
Koda Trujillo 
Becca Cook 
Joseph Clark 
Taylan Haveron 
Andrew Henderson 
Emmalee Davidson 
Kaysen Smith 
Koda Begay 
Josiah Eaglefeather
Landon Goodman 
Eliska Simonu 
Samuel Hatridge
Larsen Elementary After School Lab
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Our after-school lab at Larsen Elementary is in full swing. We have had such a great turn out this year with eager to learn students, and very supportive parents. Our Larsen lab is offered on Mondays from 2-5 pm and Wednesdays 3-5 pm. We offer homework help, cultural enrichment, and our performing arts groups have their practice during lab.

Students ranging from 3-18 years old have joined us at the Larsen lab this year. All of the students are extremely talented in different areas such as reading, writing, math, drawing, dancing, singing, etc. That is just to name a few talents we have come across. Many have joined our performing arts group as well, and have their own first performances already. This year our youngest performer being just 3 years old.

Many of our parents have been creating some beautiful regalia for our performing arts group. Our parent committee even meets weekly to work on regalia together. If you are parent interested in working on regalia with us or even a parent wanting to learn how to make regalia please contact Julie Cruz for more information. 



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