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NATIVE AMERICAN working group

The Native American working group is tasked with creating an action plan for the development of American Indian educational programs and meaningful activities to support educational access and student success. 

The working group goals includes:

  • Supporting and promoting campus events to raise awareness of American Indian culture, such as the annual campus Powwow and Native American Heritage Month. 
  • Secure funding to support American Indian students while attending the University. 
  • Advance educational programs to support Native student academic success. 
  • Provide educational pathways services to American Indian students and their parents with the goal of increasing college attendance. 

land acnowledgment 

The University of Utah is situated within a network of historical and contemporary relationships with Indigenous peoples. Given that the Salt Lake Valley has always been a gathering place for Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and is a crossroad for Indigenous peoples. The University of Utah recognizes the enduring relationships between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We are grateful for the territory upon which we gather today; we respect Utah’s Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the federal government. Today, approximately 60,000 American Indian and Alaskan Native peoples live in Utah. As a state institution, the University of Utah is committed to serving Native communities throughout Utah in partnership with Native Nations and our Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.

Survey Form: Direct Services for Native American Students

The Native American working group is conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of the programs and resources available for Native American students. Please take a few moments to help us identify and map resources available for Native students by completing the following survey. 


 additional resources

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American Indian Resource Center

The AIRC advocates for American Indian/Alaska Native students through recruitment and retention projects that lead to graduation; increase cultural and community outreach; and, works to increase AI/AN student visibility and success through student centered programs to enhance academic success.



Native Places and Indigenous Atlas

Native Places is an interactive, layered map centered on Utah that encompasses the homelands of the state’s traditionally associated tribes. The interactive map records and restores Indigenous place names to major landscape features and selected historical and cultural sites in Utah.

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Summer Research Internship

The Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI) is a 10-week paid summer internship opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Sciences. The internship is located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. 



Pathways through Higher Education

The College of Education is dedicated to creating pathways for American Indians that lead to educational excellence in a variety of education fields. Four departments and the Urban Institute for Teacher Education, offer preparation for teachers, leaders, counselors, and educational researchers.


Last Updated: 5/13/21