Native American histories will be the focus of the first National American Indian Family History Conference scheduled this week at Brigham Young University.

The conference, sponsored by the BYU Center for Family and Community History and by American Indian Services, begins Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. with registration in 2258 Conference Center on the BYU campus."We wanted to call attention to the importance of family histories, particularly those of native Americans, and we've introduced what we hope will be an annual conference," said Robert Westover, with BYU's history department.

The opening address at 7 p.m. features Elder George P. Lee, of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Activities on Sept. 30 include family history presentations.

Registration information is available through American Indian Services, 311 Harman Building, BYU, Provo, UT 85602, 378-4364.