The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Native American Heritage Month Resolution


Introduced by Councilwoman Rebecca L. Williams:

            WHEREAS, Native American Indians and Alaska Natives were the original inhabitants of the land that now constitutes the United States; and
WHEREAS, Native American tribal governments were among those that developed the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and separation of powers that form the foundation of the United States government; and
WHEREAS, Native Americans have traditionally exhibited a respect for the finiteness of natural resources through a reverence for the earth; and
WHEREAS, Native Americans have served with valor in all of America’s wars, beginning with the Revolutionary War through the current conflicts, and often the percentage of Native Americans who served exceeded significantly the percentage of American Indians in the population of the United States as a whole; and
WHEREAS, Native Americans have made distinct and important contributions to the United States and the rest of the world in many fields, including agriculture, medicine, science, music, language and art; and
WHEREAS, Native Americans deserve to be recognized for their individual contributions to the United States as leaders, artists, athletes, and scholars; and
WHEREAS, this recognition will encourage self-esteem, pride, and self-awareness in Native Americans of all ages; and
WHEREAS, November is a time when many Americans commemorate a special time in the history of the United States when American Indians and English settlers celebrated the bounty of their harvest and the promise of new kinship; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Governing Body of the City of Plainfield stands committed to ensuring that all citizens remain aware of the challenges that continue to face tribal communities and fully support the struggle by Native American Indians to have meaningful opportunities to pursue their dreams; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Governing Body of the City of Plainfield does hereby call upon its residents, employees and elected officials to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate our diversity and recognize Native Americans whose many and varied contributions have enriched our national life.

As adopted by the unanimous Municipal Council of the City of Plainfield
this 21 NOVEMBER 2011


Honorable Adrian Mapp                      Honorable Vera Greaves                           Honorable William Reid                      Honorable Bridget Rivers
                        Honorable Cory Storch                         Honorable Rebecca Williams
Council President
Annie C. McWilliams

Abubakar Jalloh, RMC
Municipal Clerk

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