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 remember those contributions and to honor the unique heritage of our continent’s first inhabitants; and,
WHEREAS, This year’s theme “Tribal Leadership: Serving, Honoring and Protecting,” emphasizes the important contributions made by Michigan tribes, urban American Indian centers, various American Indian/Alaska Native people and tribal advocates throughout world industries in their roles as champions of American Indian people in Michigan; and,
WHEREAS, American Indian/Alaska Native leadership fosters advancement of quality of life through education, social services, quality healthcare, economic opportunities, healthy recreational activities, maintaining tribal traditions and safe and affordable housing for tribal people; and,
WHEREAS, American Indian/Alaska Native leaders utilize unique cultural traditions and practices in carrying out their missions; and,
WHEREAS, American Indian/Alaska Native leaders hold a valuable place in our society through their past/present/future contributions both professionally and personally; and,
WHEREAS, This special observance reflects respect for American Indian/Alaska Native leadership contributions to the rich heritage of the social, political and economic fabric of Michigan; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2014 as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in Michigan.