Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH
(Senate - November 19, 1999)
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[Page S15221] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH Ms. COLLINS. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate now proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar No. 413, S. Res. 216. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the resolution by title. The legislative clerk read as follows: A resolution (S. Res. 216) designating the Month of November 1999 as ``National American Indian Heritage Month''. There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolution. Ms. COLLINS. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, and any statements relating to this resolution be printed in the Record. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. The resolution (S. Res. 216) was agreed to. The preamble was agreed to. The resolution, with its preamble, reads as follows: S. Res. 216 Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives were the original inhabitants of the land that now constitutes the United States; Whereas American Indian tribal governments developed the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and separation of powers that form the foundation of the United States Government; Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives have traditionally exhibited a respect for the finiteness of natural resources through a reverence for the earth; Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives have served with valor in all of America's wars beginning with the Revolutionary War through the conflict in the Persian Gulf, and often the percentage of American Indians who served exceeded significantly the percentage of American Indians in the population of the United States as a whole; Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives have made distinct and important contributions to the United States and the rest of the world in many fields, including agriculture, medicine, music, language, and art; Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives deserve to be recognized for their individual contributions to the United States as local and national leaders, artists, athletes, and scholars; Whereas this recognition will encourage self-esteem, pride, and self-awareness in American Indians and Alaska Natives of all ages; and Whereas November is a time when many Americans commemorate a special time in the history of the United States when American Indians and English settlers celebrated the bounty of their harvest and the promise of new kinships: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates November 1999 as ``National American Indian Heritage Month'' and requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the Federal Government and State and local governments, interested groups and organizations, and the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. ____________________