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Indigenous Peoples' Day Virtual Gallery walk

Land Acknowledgment

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.

Indigenous Peoples' Day Artists

greggdealprofilephotoGregg Deal

Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute) is an artist and activist whose work deals with Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype. Gregg’s art exploits the stereotypes that exist in American culture while challenging the viewer’s considerations of the indigenous as both contemporary and relic.

gregg deal

joeymontoyaprofilephotoJoey Montoya

Joey Montoya (Lipan Apache) is a multimedia artist, clothing designer, and entrepreneur whose work is aimed at increasing the visibility of Indigenous peoples. He is the founder and owner of Urban Native Era, a brand that specializes in clothing design and content creation as well as his brand initiative "You are on Native Land" and collaboration with "Phenomenally Indigenous."

urban native era

vikiprofilephotoViki Eagle

Viki Eagle (Sicangu Lakota / Japanese) has spent a decade photographing her life as a contemporary Native American photographer in Real Life Indian from her own passion projects on mixed race Native identities, Indigenous political movements, healing runs, various event photography, Native American fashion, and using photo-voice as activism.

real life indian

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additional resources

Illuminative toolkit

IllumiNative Toolkit

IllumiNative is a national, Native-led nonprofit committed to amplifying contemporary Native voices, stories and issues to advance justice, equity and social impact. In the Indigenous Peoples' Day toolkit, you will find case studies, key questions and answers, messages, a comprehensive how-to-guides on advocating to your representative and building a coalition, and more.



Native Places Atlas

Native Places is a spatial humanities project from the American West Center. It consists of 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.

interactive map


Native Knowledge 360°

Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures. NK360° provides educational materials, virtual student programs, and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America.


Last Updated: 5/13/21