- Category: Culture
On November 9th, Los Angeles’ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa honored the diverse indigenous communities in the City of Los Angeles during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Annual American Indian Heritage Month.
The City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Native American Indian Commission presented the American Indian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony, themed, “Honoring the Valor, Traditions and Dreams of Our Warriors,” with a ceremony in Council Chambers followed by a program and reception on the City Hall forecourt. During the program, the Mayor honored the Native American Veterans Association with the American Indian Heritage Month Award.
Los Angeles, which has the largest urban Indian population in the United States, is the only major city in the United States to create and support the development of a Native American Indian Commission, and celebrate American Indian Heritage.
The Commission was created on June 25, 1976 through a joint effort of members of the Los Angeles American Indian community to improve the delivery of federal, state, local resources and services to urban Indian communities.