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The Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission was established in 1996 (KRS 171.820-171.822) to recognize and promote Native American contributions and influence in Kentucky’s history and culture. The commission has 17 members (the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary or designee, plus 16 members appointed by the Governor), eight of whom are required to be of Native American heritage. The commission also includes representatives from institutions of higher learning, archaeology, Native American arts and the public.
All Kentuckians will recognize, appreciate and understand the significant contributions Native Americans have made to Kentucky’s rich cultural heritage. Through education and increased awareness, the people of Kentucky will understand the histories, cultures and matters of concern to Native American peoples.
Dwight R. Cropper, South PortsmouthDavid Pollack, Lexington
Susan Mullins, Berea
Helen Danser, Berea, ChairMichael Dunn, Louisville, Vice ChairMason Bishop, LexingtonVenus Evans, CorbinDeanna Jessie, Olive HillWilliam "Chip" Richardson, LexingtonJames Sizemore, ManchesterValerie J. Thompson, SomersetBrigit Truex, LexingtonAnne Wood, Lexington
Institutions of Higher Learning
A. Gwynn Henderson, LexingtonChristopher A. Robinson, RichmondMarcie Venter, Murray
Northern Kentucky University Native American Studies Program
Kentucky Housing Corporation
University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
Community Ventures Corporation
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site / Kentucky State Parks
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission will take place at 1 p.m. EST Saturday, November 12, 2022. The meeting is open to the public and an agenda will be available. Watch here for additional details.