Nebo Title VI Students Visit the Utah State Capitol

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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