Annapolis, MD (November 26, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today issued the following statement in recognition of today’s State holiday, American Indian Heritage Day:
“In 2008, I had the distinct honor of declaring Maryland’s first Native American Heritage Day. It is a heritage and legacy that dates back 10,000 years.
“As we continue to honor this legacy, we have put a priority on ‘repatriation.’ Our Department of Housing and Community Development is working with the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs to provide proper and respectful burial for Native American remains and artifacts.
“Today, Maryland’s Native American community remains strong – and we deeply appreciate the service of 17 Marylanders of Native American heritage who have chosen to step forward to accept appointments to state boards and commissions.
“We hope to continue working with you and your neighbors to build a better future for our State, recognizing that we borrow our world from our children, and that, ‘the way we treat the earth is a reflection of how we treat one another.’
Aho and thank you again.”