Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

 

Whereas Native Americans have contributed immensely to our country’s heritage and the history of the Commonwealth and continue to be a vital part of the Commonwealth’s rich diversity by contributing significantly to all aspects of daily life, including education, medicine, commerce, agriculture, public service and technology; and

Whereas The Wampanoag tribes, including the Masscahusett, Nasset, Nantucket, Pennacook, Pokanoket and Pocasset tribes in addition to the Mohegan tribe and the Mohican tribe were among the original Native American tribes to settle in Massachusetts and many, including the Indigenous Confederacies Nipmuck, Wampanoag, and Massachusett continue to live in harmony with this land today; and

Whereas Indigenous Confederacies have made invaluable contributions to the cultural fabric in Massachusetts, including the name of our great Commonwealth, which comes from the Wampanoag word “Massachuset”, meaning “by the range of the hills”; and

Whereas In the autumn of 1621, in a small colony in the midst of the Wampanoag Homeland, more than 90 Wampanoag men shared food with 52 English settlers in what would later be called the “First Thanksgiving”.  Today, the Thanksgiving holiday, so deeply rooted in Massachusetts, is still a means of uniting a very diverse America; and

Whereas It is in November that we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and acknowledge the important contributions of Native people,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 2013, to be,

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of October, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts