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WHEREAS, many of our state citizens are of  Native
American Indian heritage, and their Traditional Ways have greatly
contributed to the Constitution and Foundation of our Nation, as
well as, the quality of our American way of life; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Alabama are indeed fortunate to
be the recipients of our Native American Indians Cultural,
Educational and Historical values; and

WHEREAS, the Alabama Indian Affairs entities and
individuals are deserving of being hereinafter recognized for their
ongoing Educational Programs to our youth and their annual
Cultural & Historical events throughout the State; and

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama wishes to Honor our
Native American Indians for the contributions of their culture to
our citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, I Don Siegelman, Governor of the
 State of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the state holiday formerly
known as Columbus Day will henceforth be known as:

American Indian Heritage Day
Columbus Day

In the great State of Alabama.

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