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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Governor proclaims November American Indian Heritage Month for UNC system

A ceremonial presentation of Gov. Pat McCrory’s proclamation of November as American Indian Heritage Month to the UNC system was held today (Nov. 25) on the steps of Abernethy Hall, which houses the American Indian Center on Carolina’s campus. The American Indian Center is only center of its kind within the 17-campus system.

U.S. Census data from 2010 indicates that North Carolina is home to more than 122,000 American Indians, the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi with 14,000 years of American Indian culture and tradition. In the proclamation, Gov. McCrory calls upon citizens, institutions and government agencies to commemorate American Indian Heritage Month with programs, celebrations and activities of the American Indian population, honoring their heritage and contributions as North Carolina’s first people.

The event included a short performance of Native American music. Jarrod Lowery, the governor’s community outreach liaison and a Lumbee Indian, read and presented the proclamation. The presentation was followed by brief remarks from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr.

Photos by Dan Sears of News Services.