Despite social and political challenges, the heart, mind and spirit of Utah's native people have remained unchanged for generations. Utah's American Indian tribes — whose culture was celebrated in the 2002 Winter Games' opening ceremonies — are as rooted in this state as the juniper trees that dot the landscape. Their beliefs, legends and history enhance the diversity that is Utah.

In a seven-part series that began Feb. 10, Deseret News staff writer Jerry Johnston examines the people and issues of Utah's largest tribes in "Native to Utah."

The stories and their dates are: Utah's tribes, Feb. 10; Navajos, Feb. 14; Paiutes, Feb. 17; White Mesa Utes, Feb. 21; Northern Utes, Feb. 24; Shoshone, today; Goshutes, March 3.