PROVO, Utah- Gov. Gary Herbert hosted the 11th Annual Native American Summit at Utah Valley University Tuesday, talking with leaders of several of the eight sovereign tribes with land in Utah’s borders.
Before a closed door meeting with tribal chairs, the governor addressed a larger crowd, talking about the need for team work, while acknowledging a sometimes troubled history between native and non-native peoples.
“I’m hear to listen and to learn and to see what we can do to in fact have better understanding,” said Herbert.
While the atmosphere at the gathering was cordial, the governor and seven of the eight tribes are on opposite sides of a major public lands issue.
All tribes except for the San Juan Southern Paiute are part of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, a group lobbying President Barack Obama to designate a new national monument in San Juan County.