A national council of state and tribal officials elected a Utahn president at its annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., the Utah Division of Business and Economic Development announced.

Travis N. Parashonts, director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, was elected president of the Governor's Interstate Indian Council at the council's 39th annual meeting, the division said.The council was established in 1947 to enhance cooperation between state and local governments and consists of 30 representatives appointed by governors of 22 states, the division said.

"There has and continues to be significant progress in resolving various state/tribal issues because of the establishment of the Governor's Council," Parashonts said.

Parashonts' goal as president is to expand the council to include additional states.