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.