Native American Heritage Month


WHEREAS, the growing Native American community in Virginia plays an essential role in shaping and advancing the Commonwealth; and 

WHEREAS, Native American men and women contribute to all areas of life in Virginia –– including government, business, arts and sciences, medicine, law enforcement, and the military; and 

WHEREAS, Native American Awareness Week began in 1976, and recognition was expanded by Congress and approved by President George H. W. Bush in 1990 for the month of November; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is home to 11 Indian tribes that contribute to and strengthen our unique cultural tapestry; and

WHEREAS, on January 28, 2016, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, became the first federally recognized tribe in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Native American Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the thousands of Native Americans in Virginia whose abilities and contributions strengthen Virginia’s economy, enrich Virginia’s diverse culture, and invigorate Virginia’s communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2016 as NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.