American Indian Caucus Day Field Trip


Eileen Quintana, the Nebo Native American Program Manager, took 26 Nebo School District students on a trip to the state capitol. Three students (Canyon Haveron, SHHS, Ciera Alldredge, PHS, and Alfredo Quintana, MMHS) job shadowed senators and representatives for the day, which gave them an inside look into the process of law-making.

Those who didn't shadow were able to tour the capitol, including the "Telling My Utah Story" exhibit. Students visited the Museum of Fine Arts to see the "Go West" exhibit, which contains 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. Kerrick Walker, PJHS student, was present at this wonderful event.

Students had the opportunity to meet and talk with Senator Henderson about issues that are of concern for our community. Students enjoyed seeing the artwork and sitting in the balcony where bills are passed into law. 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. As Nebo students entered the tribal leaders assembly, they were honored to have Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez address them 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. Students met and ate with Utah tribal leaders and delegates who were very happy to see young Native American youth participating in this event. The field trip was informative and an important teaching experience.