February 2018

Student Leadership Conference at UVU

Student Leadership Celebration

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

Title VI Programs and USOE 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.quintana@nebo edu 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 Scholarship Application

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. 

Native American Story Telling Night

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

Attributions: 
Photo By: Natalie Bille

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
reaction.

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 

New Nation Project-Letter Writing Contest

"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 https://newnationproject.utah.gov/letter-competition. 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)