KY Native American Heritage Commission

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Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission About the KNAHC The Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission was established in 1996 (KRS 171.820-171.822) to recognize and promote Native American contributions and influence in Kentucky’s history and culture.  The commission has 17 members (the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary or designee, plus 16 appointed by the Governor), eight of whom are of Native American heritage.  The Commission also includes representatives from institutions of higher learning, archaeology, Native American arts and the public. Our Vision All Kentuckians will recognize, appreciate and understand the significant contributions Native Americans have made to Kentucky’s rich cultural heritage.  Through education and increased awareness, the people of Kentucky will understand the histories, cultures and matters of concern to Native American peoples. Our Goals To promote increased awareness of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission within state agencies To promote the role and importance of Native American peoples to the history and development of the Commonwealth through teacher education, media relations, and public education To develop and promote an accurate depiction of Native Americans through media relations, research, and educational programs To develop programs, events, and materials for and about Native American peoples To serve as a clearinghouse for information for and about Native Americans in Kentucky To develop and maintain partnerships between Native American peoples, agencies, and organizations in promoting the goals and objectives of the Commission To promote conservation and preservation of the cultures, ideals, and artifacts of Native Americans in Kentucky To promote existing and needed legislation to protect and promote the heritage of Native American peoples Educational Initiatives Native American Heritage Month Poster Teaching About American Indians: Stereotypes and Contributions, a Resource Packet for Kentucky Teachers [PDF - 2,798KB] A Native Presence: A Companion Guide For Middle and Elementary School Teachers (Grades 4-8), for use with KET program, A Native Presence (co-funded by the Kentucky Archaeological Survey) Native Americans: Who Are They Today? A Discipline-Based Unit in Social Studies for Grades 4-5 (co-funded by the Kentucky Department of Education) Initiated planning for a Kentucky Native American Arts and Cultural Center Commission Members Preservation or Archaeological CommunityDwight R. Cropper, South Portsmouth David Pollack, Ph.D., Lexington Arts Community Sarah Elizabeth Burkey, Bradfordsville Citizens at Large Helen Danser - Chair, Tyner Michael C. Presnell - Vice Chair, Louisville Angela M. Arnett, Waynesburg Ricardo Nazario Y Colon, Clearfield Michael Dunn, Louisville David Lee Fallis, Frankfort Cynthia L. Isbell, Louisville Susan Mullins, Berea William St. Pierre, Villa Hills Anne Wood, Lexington Deanna Jessie, Olive Hill Institutions of Higher Learning John P. Bowes, Ph.D., Lexington A. Gwynn Henderson, Ph.D., Lexington Rep. Reginald Meeks, Louisville Christopher A. Robinson, Richmond Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Bob Stewart Useful Links Northern Kentucky University Native American Studies Program  Kentucky Housing Corporation  University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health  Community Ventures Corporation Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site / Kentucky State Parks  Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site 94 Green Street, P.O. Box 155 Wickliffe, Ky. 42087 Students, teachers and Scouts can explore the excavated mounds, exhibits of Mississippian culture and displays of artifacts dating back to 1100 A.D. Activity stations in the museum provide hands-on experiences. A Teacher's Packet with pre-visit activities, background information and scavenger hunt activity sheets can be downloaded here. A picnic shelter and chunkey game equipment (an interactive Mississippian Native American game) are available for teachers to use while at the park with their paid admission fees. Tours are teacher-led, self-guided and special guide sheets provided to group leaders. Park is open March to November for school and scout groups and teachers should call to schedule a time for their classes to visit. Fees range from $2 to $5 per person (Teachers are free admission with their students). November is Native American Heritage Month and in recognition all school and scout group rates are $1 per person (self-guided tours only) for the month of November. Call 270-335-3681 for information or e-mail
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