The Division of Indian Affairs honored recently people who have contributed to Utah's American Indians at its seventh annual Indigenous Day Awards and Dinner Celebration, themed "Utah's American Indian Youth Our Hope, Our Future."
Lacee Harris, a member of the Northern Ute Tribe and social worker for the Indian Walk-in Center, was honored with a Special Recognition Award, in part "for being a spiritual spokesperson and providing spiritual guidance and support."
Other award recipients were: Eleanor Tom, Honor Our Elders Award; Rebecca Benally, principal of Montezuma Elementary School, Utah's Outstanding American Indian Educator Award; Dory Peters, Utah's American Indian Outstanding Business Award; Kelly Zuni and Gayline Hatch, Outstanding Utah American Indian Youth Services Award; Thad Baldwin and Andrew S. Wilson, Unsung Hero Award; and Leo Manheimer, Utah American Indian Visionary Award.
Certificate of Appreciation awards went to: Sadie Tsosie, who provides guidance to American Indian students at Salt Lake Community College; Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert, who provides leadership for the annual Native American Summit; Dan McCool, who provides leadership for the American West Center; Sharon Austin of KRCL's Living in the Circle of Life Program; Donna Deyhle, an advocate for educational opportunities for Indian students at the University of Utah; Martha Wunderli, who encourages Indian participation in the Individual Development Account Program.