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November 2020

Soup and Stories

Submitted by analysa.allison on Mon, 11/30/2020 - 19:06
Urban Indian Center

Sharing family meals and hearing stories are traditional ways Native Americans have increased resilience. Please join us to learn how to make a Three Sisters Soup followed by a story from Navajo Elder Gayle Dawes.

*First 30 youth (10-24) to sign up will receive ingredients to make the recipe* 

2021 Tribal College Blanket Competition is OPEN!!!

Submitted by analysa.allison on Mon, 11/16/2020 - 14:48
American Indian College Fund

"The American Indian College Fund and Pendleton Woolen Mills are challenging tribal college students to express their culture and identity through original designs for our next tribal college student blanket. Blanket sales will support College Fund scholarships. Textile design experience is not necessary to enter, and student winners will receive the following prizes:

Grand Prize Winner:

  • $2,000 Cash
  • $5,000 Scholarship
  • 6 x blankets

2nd Place Winner:

  • $500 Cash
  • $2,500 Scholarship

3rd Place Winner:

  • $250 Cash
  • $1,500 Scholarship

Only current tribal college students are eligible to submit. Students must be an enrolled tribal member, or the descendant of a parent or grandparent that is tribally enrolled. Students cannot submit more than two designs, and a committee of Native artists, and College Fund and Pendleton staff will select the winners."

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm MST on January 15, 2021.

For more information, please visit this website

Utah State Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition

Submitted by analysa.allison on Mon, 11/16/2020 - 09:57
This is a great scholarship opportunity for students in grades 9-12th grade.
"The 2021 Utah State Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition is sponsored by Senate President Stuart Adams and the Utah State Senate in an effort to challenge Utah students to view the world artistically and express their creativity. The Utah Senate will reward outstanding students with scholarships to support their college and career goals. NEW for 2020, there is no specific theme. Students: You are encouraged to share a visual idea of an aspect of Utah that is meaningful and inspirational to you — the land, the people, a specific moment of history such as the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Utah, the environment, flora, fauna, social justice, building community, innovation, exploration, new Utahns/Americans, etc. The competition is administered by Utah Arts & Museums. Read the 2021 guidelines carefully before submitting an entry."


Jean Tokuda Irwin
Arts Education Manager

Claudia Borjas
Arts Education Coordinator

Native American Curriculum Initiative

Submitted by analysa.allison on Mon, 11/16/2020 - 09:11
BYU Arts Partnership
Native American Curriculum Initiative
The Arts Education Program of Utah Arts & Museums has partnered with BYU Arts Partnership to develop the Native American Curriculum Initiative. The following lessons have been carefully written in order to honor and respect each tribal nation's wishes: 
If you'd like to learn more about the BYU Arts Partnership please visit their website
Note: Teachers this is an excellent resource if you are interested in incorporating lessons regarding the five main tribes (Ute, Navajo, Paiute, Goshute, and Shoshone) of Utah. 

Lesson about Utah American Indians

Submitted by analysa.allison on Fri, 11/13/2020 - 14:10

In partnership with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, the American West Center has developed and produced these teaching guides and lesson plans for teaching the history, culture, and current issues of Utah’s American Indian tribes in the fourth and seventh grade Utah history classes and high school social studies classes. The Utah Indian Curriculum Project was developed in collaboration with the Utah State Office of Education, Utah’s American Indian nations, and KUED-TV, which in the spring of 2009 aired We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah, a five-part documentary focusing on the stories and ways of the Ute, Paiute, Northwestern Shoshone, Goshute, and Navajo people.   

Lessons and resources can be found here:

Provo Title VI hosts Native American Speaker Series

Submitted by analysa.allison on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 14:54
Updated 11/16/20:
If you were unable to join last week. Here is the link to watch at your own convenience.
Join the Provo City School District Equity and Diversity Department on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. from 7-8 p.m. for a discussion on Native American culture, people, tribal government, and issues.
This event is highlighting Native American Heritage Month and will be hosted virtually on YouTube at

American Indian Series: Billy Mills

Submitted by analysa.allison on Tue, 11/03/2020 - 14:07
BYU American Indian Studies

"Join us via Zoom, to hear from Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota tribal member and 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist. Sharing a memorable and inspiring presentation on his athletic career along with the organization he started following his Olympic success, Running Strong for American Indian Youth. It will include an opportunity for guests to ask questions. Please share with anyone interested."


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