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American Indian Heritage Month commemoration planned at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Capitol Rotunda

Monday, 11 05, 2012

Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120
diane.comer@ky.gov

WHAT: 
Ceremony sponsored by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission (KNAHC), commemorating November as national American Indian Heritage Month and honoring Native American contributions to the Commonwealth.

“Native Americans have lived in Kentucky for over 10,000 years. They were the first Kentuckians, they have a long history here, and there continues to be a significant population of Native Americans living in the Commonwealth, even though their native identity is not always acknowledged,” said Helen Danser, commission chair.

WHEN:
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0 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 8
Kentucky Capitol Rotunda

PROGRAM / SPEAKERS:

  • Welcome: Rep. Reginald Meeks, commission member
  • Posting of the Colors: Ohio Valley Native American Veteran War Society
  • Prayer : David Fallis, commission member
  • Singing of “Amazing Grace”: Susan Mullins, commission member
  • Chair’s Remarks: Helen Danser
  • Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Greeting: Lindy Casebier, deputy secretary
  • Reading of Governor’s Proclamation: Delquan Dorsey, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment
  • Flute Closing: Frank Otero, Piqua Shawnee
  • Attendees in American Indian regalia

NOTE: Following the ceremony, the KNAHC will meet at 1 p.m. in Room 346 of the Capitol Annex.

According to Danser, this year in Kentucky, November is being identified as “American Indian Heritage Month” (rather than Native American) in keeping with the U.S. Census Bureau definition of American Indian or Alaska Native: “A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.”

Under the auspices of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission was established to recognize and promote Native American contributions and influence in Kentucky history and culture. The commission has 16 members appointed by the governor, eight of whom are required to be of Native American heritage, and includes representatives from institutions of higher learning, archaeology, Native American arts and the public.

For more about the national commemoration, visit www.nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov