November 2011: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage MonthDate: November 01, 2011 - November 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, for nearly two decades, citizens throughout the United States have recognized the month of November as National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month to honor the heritage, history, art and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native people; and,
WHEREAS, American Indians and Alaska Natives contribute greatly to the social, political and economic fabric of our country; and,
WHEREAS, this year's theme, Honoring and Protecting American Indian Elders, emphasizes the importance of honoring American Indian elders, and ensuring they are protected from physical, emotional, social and financial victimization; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Human Services, Michigan's 12 federally recognized tribes and various community organizations to encourage citizens throughout Michigan to recognize the many contributions and great influence of American Indian and Alaska Native heritage in the United States;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in Michigan.