Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation today designating November 2013 as American Indian Heritage Month. State appointed and elected officials were on hand for the signing along with tribal representatives from the Coharie, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the Haliwa Saponi, the Lumbee, the Meherrin, the Waccamaw-Siouan, the Sappony, the Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation, the Guilford Native American Society and the Triangle Native American Society.
“American Indians are the foundation of North Carolina’s culture and will help shape its future,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “November is dedicated to celebrating the unique history and rich traditions of American Indians.”
The NC Commission of Indian Affairs, a division of the Department of Administration, helped organize today’s event. The Commission advocates for the needs of NC’s 122,000 American Indians and performs much of the official work of State government, such as operating the Economic Development Program, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, Educational Talent Search Program (a federal TRIO program), Workforce Development Program, and general advocacy on American Indian issues and government-tribal legal matters.
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