The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs is sponsoring the 1st Annual South Carolina Native American Heritage Awareness Day Celebration at the SC State House North Steps on Monday, November 18, 2013 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm. The Public and the Media are invited to attend this free event.
Special Presentations by elected leaders and Native American Leaders will include the formal reading of State and City of Columbia Proclamations, the National Native American Heritage Month Concurrent Resolution and cultural presentations. Speakers from several Native American Tribes and Entities will speak about their cultural heritage and its significance to future generations of Native American Indian people. Speakers include: Chief Gene Norris – PAIA/Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation, Chief Ralph J. Oxendine – Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians, Dr. Will M. Goins – Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois and United Tribes, Mr. Rod Beck – Catawba Indian Nation, Mr. Thomas J. Smith – SC Commission for Minority Affairs, Rep. Dennis Moss, Vice Chief Peggy Scott – Santee Indian Organization, 2nd Chief Phil White – Waccamaw Indian People and others.
National Native American Heritage Month events are celebrated all over the United States to honor the contributions and heritage of the FIRST Americans.