Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell Friday kicked off Native American Heritage Month in the City Council Chamber.
Honorees for this year’s Native American Heritage Month presentation included the Spirit of Tradition honoree Saginaw Grant of the Sac and Fox Nation; Spirit of Creativity honoree Randy Reinholz of the Choctaw Nation; and Spirit of Community honoree Omerlene Thompson of the Gila River Indian Community, O’Farrell’s office stated.
O’Farrell said he is a member of the Wyandotte Nation.
“I am especially honored to shine a spotlight on the rich cultures and traditions of the Native American community in the Los Angeles area, home to the largest Indigenous population in the country,” O’Farrell said. “This is why I authored the initiative that established Indigenous Peoples Day as a legal city holiday in Los Angeles on the second of October.”
Native American Heritage Month is being coordinated with O’Farrell’s office, the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission.
“Every year, we can recognize the sacrifices made by our ancestors and reflect on the contributions of Native Americans who were here before everyone else,” O’Farrell said. “Los Angeles is on sacred ancestral Tongva land, and we must recognize their rightful place in our history and our future.”
Members of the Native American nations gave a presentation in the Council Chamber followed by a ceremony on the south lawn courtyard of City Hall.
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