Wednesday, October 24, 2007

November is Kentucky Native American Month

November is Native American Indian Month

WHEREAS, the month of November of each year is observed in Kentucky as "Native American Indian Month" and during this month schools, clubs, and civic and religious organizations are encouraged to recognize the contributions of Native American Indians with suitable ceremony and fellowship designed to promote greater understanding and brotherhood between Native American Indians and the non-Native American Indian people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

WHEREAS, prior to the first day of November of each year, the Governor issues a proclamation inviting and urging the people of the Commonwealth to observe Native American Indian Month with suitable ceremony and fellowship.

WHEREAS, the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Heritage Council, and the Native American Heritage Commission, within the limits of funds available for this purpose, make information available to all people of this Commonwealth regarding Native American Indian Month and the observance thereof.

WHEREAS, the City Princeton/Caldwell County Trail of Tears Commissions wish to establish a special observance to celebrate a strong, proud people with a deep faith in nature and its awesome power and an indomitable spirit that has allowed them to always persevere; and

WHEREAS, Native American Indians are so important to our history that they were even responsible for naming this Land of Plenty, Kentucke; and

WHEREAS, Native American Indians have played a vital role in the life of our Commonwealth, and their many contributions have enhanced the freedom, prosperity, and greatness of Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is committed to remembering these contributions and to honoring the unique heritage of our state's first inhabitants; and

WHEREAS, a special observance would reflect our Commonwealth's commitment to the Native American Indians as an integral part of the social, political, and economic fabric of the state of Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, a special observance would embody the fundamental belief of Kentuckians that people of widely varied and diverse cultural backgrounds must stand united together to make this great Commonwealth strong;

NOW, THEREFORE, Be it enacted by the Commission shall observe November as Native American Month in Princeton, Kentucky in honor of the Native Americans who lived in Kentucky and also in solemn remembrance of those Native Americans who passed through Caldwell County on the Trail of Tears during the 1830’s.