Today, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes joined Senator Jani Iwamoto in the Senate Chambers to honor Wataru Misaka, who was the first person of color to play in what is now the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Misaka began his basketball career at Ogden High School
where he led his team to the 1940 state championship and regional championship
in 1941. In 1942 and 1943, his Weber Junior College basketball team won the
Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference junior college title. In 1944, he
helped lead the basketball team to win the 1944 National Collegiate Athletic
Association championship against Dartmouth. SCR 3 recognizes Misaka’s abilities
and contributions to college and professional basketball.
Misaka’s jersey and number will be retired at the Jon M Huntsman
Today, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and Senator Lyle
W. Hillyard honored Darren Parry, the Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the
Shoshone Nation, in the Senate Chambers for his work to highlight the complex
history of Utah and the Bear River Massacre.
Parry’s recently published book, “The Bear River Massacre: A
Shoshone History”, illuminates the moving stories, history, and culture of the
Read the Senate citation below:
“We honor Darren Parry for his work to illuminate the history of the Shoshone nation we acknowledge Darren’s Visionary leadership to the northwestern band of the Shoshone Nation to preserve their history and culture. We thank Darren for his aspirations and determination to build an interpretive center at the memorial site of the Bear River Massacre. Many perspectives, traditions and experiences make us stronger, wiser, and more resilient as a people. Now therefore let it be recognized that the Utah’s Senate pays tribute to his work and research and his family story and the untold history of the Bear River Massacre his commitment to memorialize the history of the Shoshone nation has brought his people together enriching all of us and continues to bring reconciliation that will be felt for generations to come.”