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Proposed Kentucky Native American license plate design unveiled; ceremony also commemorates November as KY Native American Indian Month

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

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A colorful design for a proposed new license plate celebrating the Unbridled Spirit of Kentucky’s Native American culture was unveiled today during a ceremony at the State Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.  A proclamation by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declaring November as Kentucky Native American Indian Month was also presented by Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow.

Entries for a license plate design contest were accepted throughout October, and if enough pre-orders are received the winning design will be featured on the first Native American license plate in Kentucky.  The contest and license plate unveiling were sponsored by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, which is provided administrative support by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office.

"The commission works hard to promote increased awareness of Kentucky Native American heritage and to help Kentuckians recognize, appreciate and understand the significant contributions that Native Americans have made to the Commonwealth’s rich cultural heritage," said Secretary Sparrow.

The winning license plate entry features colors of blue and brown depicting a Kentucky Native American looking out on the rolling hills and mountains of Kentucky, with the slogan: Native Americans share our grandparents' stories with our children.  The winning design was submitted by Jannette Parent of Princeton.  The plate slogan was contributed by Jen Spangler Williamson of Frankfort.

Today's program also featured a Native American honor guard and Children of the Buffalo, members of a children’s Cherokee learning group from Mantle Rock Native Education and Cultural Center in Marion, who sang songs in the Cherokee language.  Group leader is outgoing Commission Member Martha “Momfeather” Erickson of Marion.

The Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission is taking orders for the plate now through the deadline of Friday, February 27, 2009.  According to state law, 900 applications including the $28 registration fee must be in hand before production of the plate can proceed.  For a high-resolution image, event photo and order form, see the Kentucky Heritage Council Web site,

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Under the auspices of the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office, 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.

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 prehistoric resources and 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.


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Last Updated 11/5/2008