Kentucky Heritage Council
Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission ceremony Thursday will honor veterans, commemorate Native American Heritage Month

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 09, 2011  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

Ceremony sponsored by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, commemorating November as Native American Heritage Month and honoring Kentucky Native American veterans

10:30 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 10, Capitol Rotunda

PROGRAM / SPEAKERS:                

  • Helen Danser, commission chair
  • Rep. Reginald Meeks, commission member
  • Marcheta Sparrow, secretary, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, and Lindy Casebier, deputy secretary
  • Diane Hancock, 6th Congressional District field director, Department for Local Government
  • Aaron Cardwell, commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4075, Frankfort
  • Fred Troutman, chaplain, American Legion Post 7, Frankfort
  • Warrior song by Frank Otero, Piqua Shawnee
  • Honor Guard presented by the Ohio Valley Native American Veteran Warrior Society
  • Attendees in Native American regalia

NOTE: Following the ceremony, the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission will meet at 1 p.m. in the Capitol Annex.

"The commission is sensitive to the many service personnel in the Commonwealth who have Native American Indian heritage. Statistically, more Native American Indian people volunteer for the armed forces than any other race or ethnic group," said Danser. "It is fitting that the commission recognize and honor all veterans because of the sacrifices these brave men and women have made. Native American Heritage Month is a perfect opportunity to combine the recognition of all of our armed forces and highlight the Native American Indian men and women in the process."

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 16 members appointed by the governor, 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.

For more about national commemorations for Native American Heritage Month, visit

Note: Gov. Steve Beshear launched an “11-11-11” initiative to honor the Commonwealth’s loyal and brave men and women. Since Veterans’ Day is Nov. 11, 2011 – or 11-11-11, the Governor has highlighted Kentucky’s veterans and active duty service members over the last several months. To find out more about this initiative, visit On Friday, Nov. 11, the Governor will address a ceremony to honor all Kentucky veterans, at 11 a.m. EST at the Old Capitol in Frankfort.

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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 prehistoric resources and 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.


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