WHEREAS, American Indians and Alaska Natives have played a vital role in the life of our country, and their many contributions have enhanced the freedom, prosperity and greatness of America today; and,
WHEREAS, by celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, we affirm our commitment to remembering those contributions and to honoring the important cultural traditions of our continent’s first inhabitants; and,
WHEREAS, this year’s theme “Honoring Indian Families,” emphasizes the importance of safety, permanency, and well-being in maintaining healthy Indian families, tribes, and communities; and,
WHEREAS, American Indian and Alaska Native families are the naturally-intended foundation for a life of quality, cultural identity, self-esteem, healthy lifestyles and relationships, and economic stability; and,
WHEREAS, American Indian and Alaska Native families utilize unique cultural traditions and practices in carrying out their missions; and,
WHEREAS, American Indian and Alaska Native families hold a valuable place in our society through their past, present, and future contributions in nurturing their members; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in this special observance, which reflects respect for American Indian and Alaska Native family contributions to the rich heritage of the social, political and economic fabric of Michigan;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in Michigan.