|By Roy Cook
November 2004, the five American Indian selections for recognition are:
Johnnie Hernandez, Delphine Rose, Juana Majel, Paul Cuero and Carmen Lucas
The Mayor, Alcalde, Kuchutt of San Diego and his advisory Committee selected
the month of November to recognize, celebrate and honor the history of
Native Americans. It is by historical intent and purpose that Native American
people were not recognized politically as citizens of the United States
of America. Tribal people would, in the main, remain so until a special
Congressional Citizenship law was passed in 1924. Even more astonishing
is that the final ratification of the same U. S. Congress American Indian
Citizenship bill would be held up from being made the law of the land
by Western states with large Tribal populations and would not be ratified
In mutual cooperation the Tribal Bands of: Santa Ysabel, Campo and Pauma
graciously provided a sit down reception at the U.S. Grant Hotel. Jamul
Village Tribal Elder Jane Dumas was called upon for the blessing in her
Tipai/Kumeyaay language. It is truly a fine day in Americas finest City
for the Honorees, their families and friends.
THEREFORE, the President of the United States of America, by virtue of
the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the United States,
do hereby proclaim November 2001 as National American Indian Heritage
Month. We call upon the people of the United States to observe this month
with appropriate programs and activities.
As we move into the 21st century, American Indians and Alaska Natives
will play a vital role in maintaining our Nation's strength and prosperity.
Almost half of America's Native American tribal leaders have served in
the United States Armed Forces, following in the footsteps of their forebears
who distinguished themselves during the World Wars and the conflicts in
Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.
The Administration will continue to work with tribal governments on a
sovereign-to-sovereign basis to provide Native Americans with new economic
and educational opportunities. Indian education programs will remain a
priority, so that no American child, including no Native American child,
is left behind. We will protect and honor tribal sovereignty and help
to stimulate economic development in reservation communities. We will
work with the American Indians and Alaska Natives to preserve their freedoms,
as they practice their religion and culture.
Also therefore, dutifully
honored with the City's Proclamation are: Carmen Lucas, Kwaaymii; Juana
Majel Dixon, Pauma Band of Mission Indians; H. Paul Cuero, Jr., Chairman,
Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians; Johnny Hernandez, Chairman, Santa Ysabel
Band of Diegueno Indians; and the late Delphine Rose, Nez Pierce, accepted
by her son John Rose.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, President of the U.S. of A have set my hand this
twelfth day of November, in the year two thousand one, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-sixth.
Maybe we will see you or a member of your family is honored next year!
Thank you, Aho, Mehan.