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After centuries of use, maintenance, and care by the Indigenous people of our area, Europeans moved in and began the process of colonization. When Kentucky was declared a state in 1792, more than twenty tribes belonged to the land. At the time, the Mingo and Yamacraw and the Yuchi people considered the state their home.
Kentucky’s native people were forced to move or conceal their identities in order to survive. Even so, they continued to volunteer in the nation’s army that would subject them to harsh conditions.
We honor, respect and revere our Native American predecessors.
We respect the Indigenous peoples’ culture and condemn Indigenous cultural appropriation.
We acknowledge that even though conditions are not as extreme today, our nation’s Indigenous people still do not receive the fair treatment, due respect, or honest recognition they deserve.
We mourn the loss of lives, livelihoods, homes, cultures and trust brought on by the European and Spanish invaders through genocide and forced removal.
We acknowledge the legacy of violence against Native women and the ongoing struggles perpetuated by violent patterns, societal indifference, and intergenerational trauma.
We desire to be led by the Indigenous peoples’ deference and care for Mother Earth and her gifts, the elements, and the environment.
We observe and honor Native American Heritage Month in October and Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the 2nd Monday in October.
We stand with and support the over five million Native Americans currently living in what is now called the United States.
If you have questions or if you want to know more about the Indigenous People of Kentucky and North America, just reach out to us and we will be happy to help you make those connections.