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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Larry EchoHawk, the U.S. Department of Interior's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, is among featured speakers at next week's Native American Summit, hosted by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

The two-day event will take place Sept. 2 and 3 at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. In addition to Assistant Secretary EchoHawk, the conference's keynote speaker is Ivan G. Bolden, the first Chief of Public Private Initiatives for the U.S. Department of the Army.

Governor Herbert helped launch the annual Native American Summit in 2006 to improve working relationships between the state, local governments and tribal governments. The event attracts approximately 200 people annually, which allows representatives from various entities to forge lasting relationships and break longstanding barriers.

The focus of this year's conference is to take an in-depth look at the important issues of health care, education and economic development.

State and tribal leaders in attendance will include: Governor Gary R. Herbert; Lt. Governor designee Greg Bell; President Joseph Shirley, Jr. (Navajo Nation); Chairman Lawrence Bear (Skull Valley Band of Goshutes); Chairman Curtis Cesspooch (Ute Indian Tribe); Chairman Ernest House (Ute Mountain Ute Tribe); Chairman Bruce Parry (Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation); Chairman Rupert Steele (Confederated Tribes of Goshute Indians); and Chairwoman Jeanine Borchardt (Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah).

The event is sponsored by American Express Center for Community Development, Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, Intermountain Healthcare and the Division of Indian Affairs for the State of Utah.

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