Native Symposium

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14th annual native symposium


The Coded Stories Through a Forbidden Language

All events are free and open to the public 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

Sunrise Ceremony

  • November 4
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Lindquist Plaza
  • by Eileen Quintana, Diné, Nebo School District Title VI Indian Education Program Director

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Eileen Quintana

Eileen Tinhorn Quintana was born in Bluff, Utah. She spent her early childhood living on the Navajo Nation Reservation. Eileen has a great passion for American Indian culture and teaching about the contributions of indigenous communities. As the program manager of the Nebo Title VI Education Program, Eileen has worked very diligently to significantly increase the graduation rates among American Indian students and integrated performing arts and culture into academic success.

In 2004 Nebo Indian Education received a national award "Exemplary Indian Education" by Catching The Dream organization, and a state award for Indian Education Summer school by Utah Division of Indian Affairs. She was recognized by Utah State Office of Education with a Life Skills Award in 2008. Eileen was selected as one of Utah’s American Graduate Champions by Utah Education Network in 2015. In 2017, Eileen became a Running Strong for American Indian Youth Dreamstarter Teacher, and for the last two years Nebo Indian Education has been selected as a mentor program for Running Strong dreamstarters. For over 20 years, she has created a partnership with the Adopt-A-Native Elder Program (ANE). She now serves on the Board of Directors for ANE.

Eileen Quintana

Breakfast with Spiritual Leader Eileen Quintana

  • November 4
  • 9 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Shepherd Union, Room 232 (Center for Diversity & Unity)

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"Teaching the Navajo Language & History through the Lens of a Navajo Teacher”

Workshop with Patricia John, Diné, Davis School District Title VI Indian Education Program, Navajo Language Teacher

  • November 4
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Shepherd Union 320

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Patricia Anhinga John

Yá'át'ééh! Shi 'éí Patricia Anhinga John yiníshyé. Tó'áhaní Níshlí, Bit'ahnii Báshashchíín, Áshiihí Dashicheii, dóó Kin Lichíi'nii Dashinálí. Tsé Nitsáá Deezáhídéé' naashá. Díí kot'éehgo Diné Asdzání níshlí. Hello! My name is Patricia Anhinga John. I am Near the Water clan, born for the Folded Arm people, my maternal grandfather is the Salt clan, and my paternal grandfather is the Red House clan. I hail from the great Navajo Nation of Rock Point, Arizona. With that, this completes me as a Navajo Woman.

I graduated from Weber State University in April 2019 with my Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a minor/endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL). The past three years at WSU, I have served as the President, Vice President, and Cultural Specialist for the American Indian Council (AIC) student organization and served as the American Indian Student Senator in WSUSA Student Government. In the Spring of 2019, I served as the Head Lady for WSU Indigenous Voices Powwow. In addition to this, I was the founder of “Indigenous Voices Hour” radio show with WSU radio KWCR.

Patricia John Dine


Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019


Navajo Code Talker and Former Leader of the Navajo Nation

Native Symposium Mixer
5-5:45 p.m. @ SU Fireplace Lounge

Native Symposium Keynote and Q&A
6-7:15 p.m. @ SU Wildcat Theater

Book Signing
7:30 p.m. @ SU Fireplace Lounge

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Navajo Code Talker and Former Leader of the Navajo Nation

At the age of 15, Peter MacDonald, Navajo from Teecnospos, AZ, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He went through boot camp at U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, CA. Following regular combat and communication training at USMCB in Camp Pendleton, CA, MacDonald, along with other Navajo Marines, was secluded from other Marines for top secret Navajo Code School. During the final phase of World War II (1944-46) MacDonald served in South Pacific as Navajo Code Talker and North China with the Sixth Marine Division.

He was honorably discharged with a rank of Corporal. He went back to his home community of Teecnospos, AZ After graduation from High School and Junior College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, MacDonald went on to University of Oklahoma and graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree (BSEE). He pursued graduate studies at UCLA while working as a Project Engineer on the Polaris Missile project for (Howard) Hughes Aircraft Company. MacDonald served as Project Manager for the manufacture of the Polaris Missile Guidance System and was a member of the elite Hughes Technical Staff (MTS).

Peter Macdonald


Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

“True Whispers” Film Screening in partnership with UEN

  • Nov. 14
  • 5 p.m.
  • SU Wildcat Theater

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Andrea Hernández


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Please contact Andrea Hernández two weeks in advance to request accommodations in relation to a disability: 801-626-6957