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Monday ceremony to commemorate Kentucky Native American Indian Month and unveil new license plate design

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 29, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120
diane.comer@ky.gov
 


WHAT: 
Ceremony sponsored by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission commemorating November as Kentucky Native American Indian Month and unveiling the winning design for a proposed new Native American license plate

WHEN:
1 p.m. Monday, November 3 (E.S.T.)
Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda

PROGRAM / SPEAKERS: 

  • Native American Honor Guard
  • Helen Danser of Tyner, Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission Chair
  • Marcheta Sparrow, Secretary, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
  • Darla M. Jackson of Cranks, Commission Member and license plate design contest chair
  • State Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, Commission Member
  • Children of the Buffalo, members of a children’s Cherokee learning group from Mantle Rock Native Education and Cultural Center in Marion, who will sing songs in the Cherokee language.  Group leader is Commission Member Martha “Momfeather” Erickson of Marion

NOTE: Following the ceremony, the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission will meet at 2:30 p.m. in Room 129 of the Capitol Annex

Entries for the license plate design contest were accepted throughout October, and the winning design will be featured on the first Native American license plate in Kentucky.  With the announcement, 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 Monday.

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.

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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.  www.heritage.ky.gov



 

Last Updated 10/29/2008