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Entries sought for KY Native American license plate design competition

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 03, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A design competition seeking proposals for a commemorative Kentucky Native American license plate has been announced by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office.  Deadline for entries is Friday, October 24.

"Although many states have an official license plate to show Native American pride, Kentucky does not," said Helen Danser of Tyner, heritage commission chair.  "We hope through this contest to draw attention to the fact that, contrary to what some people believe, the Commonwealth has a rich history of native peoples who have made Kentucky their home."
The winning design will be featured on the first Native American license plate in Kentucky.  The winning entry will be announced by the commission in early November during Kentucky Native American Heritage Month. 

Entries must be submitted on a template available at the Heritage Council’s Web site,  The contest is open to Kentucky residents and only one entry per person is permitted.  All designs become the property of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.  Submit entries to the Kentucky Heritage Council, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort, KY  40601, attention Tressa Brown, or email  For questions, call (502) 564-7005, ext. 125.

Once the final design is selected, the commission will begin taking orders for the plate.  According to state law, 900 applications including the $28 registration fee must be in hand before production of the plate can proceed.  More information about ordering the license plate will be announced in November.
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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.

Under the auspices of the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission was established to recognize and promote Native American contributions and influence in Kentucky history and culture.  The commission has 17 members, eight of whom are required to be of Native American heritage, and includes representatives from institutions of higher learning, archaeology, Native American arts and the public.


Last Updated 10/3/2008