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Proclamation for Native American Heritage Week

Governor Sanders proclaimed Sept. 18-24 as Native American Heritage Week. Not to be confused with the national Native American Heritage Month is recognized in November of each year.

According to Ark. Code § 1-5-113,

(a) The third week in September of each year shall be known in Arkansas as “Native American Heritage Week” to honor the integral role that Native Americans have played in the history of the state and the rich contributions Native Americans have made to the history of Arkansas, including the state’s role as home to many of the roads and trails along the Trail of Tears.
(b) The Governor shall annually, prior to the third week in September, issue a proclamation proclaiming Native American Heritage Week and in the proclamation shall:

(1) Comment on the significance that Native Americans have played in the state’s history; and
(2) Call upon the citizens of the state to observe Native American Heritage Week and to commemorate Native Americans’ cultural contributions to the heritage of Arkansas.

Ark. Code § 1-5-113

Acts 2001, No. 1117, § 1.v
The Caddo, Cherokee, Osage, Quapaw, and Tunica are some of the peoples who either were established in the area that became Arkansas, or were part of the Trail of Tears in the 1830s on their way to Indian Territory (Oklahoma).

 On Sept. 5, Sanders signed the following proclamation:

WHEREAS:  Native Americans in Arkansas and across the country are a unique and vital part of the tapestry of American life. Through their history and culture, they add their own special presence to our state and nation;

WHEREAS:  Tribal America is a cross-section of the old and the new, uniting age-old traditions with modern life in a way all its own. Arkansas’ Native Americans have contributed to our state since its earliest days and continue to add to the Natural State’s unique place in American life, and;

WHEREAS:  The third week in September of each year shall be known in Arkansas as “Native American Heritage Week” to honor the role Indian tribes have played, and continue to play, in our state.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim September 18-24, 2023, as
“NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE WEEK”

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 5th day of September, in the year of our Lord 2023.

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