Na­tive Amer­i­can stu­dents

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey for Serve Daily Nebo School Dis­trict

SALT LAKE CITY —Nebo’s Na­tive Amer­i­can stu­dents ex­pe­ri­enced the Utah State Capi­tol on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 5. Three of our stu­dents Canyon Haveron, Salem Hills High; Ciera All­dredge, Payson High School; and Al­fredo Quin­tana, Maple Moun­tain High, job shad­owed se­na­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives in ac­tion.

Twenty-six na­tive Amer­i­can stu­dents en­joyed the “Telling My Story” ex­hibit and dis­cussed is­sues con­cern­ing the Na­tive Amer­i­can com­mu­nity.

Stu­dents en­joyed see­ing the art­work and sit­ting in the bal­cony where bills are passed into law. Many of the stu­dents had not vis­ited the capi­tol be­fore so it was a true learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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.

Nebo’s Na­tive Amer­i­can di­rec­tor, Eileen Quin­tana, said, “As Nebo stu­dents en­tered the tribal lead­ers’ 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,”

Di­rec­tor Sil­ver­smith made ar­range­ments for Nebo stu­dents to visit the Mu­seum of Fine Arts which is usu­ally closed on Mon­days. How­ever, they opened it for Nebo 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.

“I think what I kept hear­ing over and over from dif­fer­ent peo­ple was this sim­ple ob­ser­va­tion that I heard upon ar­rivPhoto: al, ‘It warms my heart to see our youth show­ing up to an event like this and par­tic­i­pat­ing, your tribe needs you,’” said Quin­tana.

“Our field trip was in­for­ma­tive and an im­por­tant teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We are cur­rently track­ing bills in an af­ter-school lab that will im­pact our Na­tive com­mu­ni­ties,” Quin­tana said.

Nebo’s Na­tive Amer­i­can stu­dents visit the State Capi­tol.

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