NORWALK, Conn. -- Mayor Richard Moccia signed a proclamation declaring November National American Indian Heritage month in Norwalk.
He is urging all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities. There is much to learn about the heritage of Native Americans and particularly their vital role in the history of Norwalk.
The proclamation states, “The history and culture of our great nation have been significantly influenced by American Indians and indigenous peoples; the contributions of American Indians have enhanced the freedom, prosperity, and greatness of America today, and their customs and traditions are respected and celebrated as part of a rich legacy throughout the United States.”
In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association proclaimed the second Saturday in May as American Indian Day.
Native American Awareness Week began in 1976 and recognition was expanded by Congress and approved by President George H.W. Bush in August 1990, designating the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month.
Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994 under various names including Native American Heritage Month and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
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