I would like to extend my invitation for you to participate in the Native Americans’ Cultural Celebration which will be held on November 6th at 1 PM at the North Grounds of the State Capitol. It is the first time that such celebration will take place. It will also consist of a dance performed by Native Americans.
The purpose of this celebration is to recognize the long overdue recognition of the Native Americans’ contributions to our great State. It is imperative for us to acknowledge and honor the historical struggles that Native Americans faced when they were marginalized and discriminated against. It is our duty to raise awareness of their exceptional culture. President Barack Obama declared November of 2011 as National Native American Month. In this Proclamation, the President wrote:
From the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Everglades, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed immensely to our country’s heritage. During National Native American Heritage Month, we commemorate their enduring achievements and reaffirm the vital role American Indians and Alaska Natives play in enriching the character of our Nation.
Native Americans stand among America’s most distinguished authors, artists, scientists, and political leaders, and in their accomplishments, they have profoundly strengthened the legacy we will leave our children. So, too, have American Indians and Alaska Natives bravely fought to protect this legacy as members of our Armed Forces. As service members, they have shown exceptional valor and heroism on battlefields from the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. Native Americans have demonstrated time and again their commitment to advancing our common goals, and we honor their resolve in the face of years of marginalization and broken promises. My Administration recognizes the painful chapters in our shared history, and we are fully committed to moving forward with American Indians and Alaska Natives to build a better future together.