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Rep. Hayes applauds legislation for American Indian Week

| July 9, 2014

Columbus— Last month, State Representative Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Township) applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Concurrent Resolution 26, which designates the last week of September as American Indian Week.

Designating the last week of September as American Indian Week is believed to be an important step in recognizing the contributions this culture continues to have on the State of Ohio. Through HCR 26, the influence of American Indians on the state is honored, while helping to increase public awareness of the role American Indians have played on Ohio’s history.

“It is important that the heritage, spirituality and traditions of Ohio’s past are not lost, but rather are maintained and passed on from one generation to the next,” said Representative Hayes. “HCR 26 is a small way to recognize the contributions Native American Indians have made on Ohio, while also promoting public awareness.”

Native American Day has been in existence in Ohio since the fall of 1987, but many in Ohio, including the Native American population, were not aware of its existence. This resolution extends the celebration of Ohio’s rich heritage from a single day in September to a full week.

The 2010 Census identifies 25,292 American Indians and Alaskan Natives living in Ohio.

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