“Today marks the start of Native American Heritage Month, a month we have celebrated in the Commonwealth for the past 25 years. Native people were the first Virginians. To this day, many names of bodies of water and places across the Commonwealth originate from Indigenous languages. This month, we honor the peoples whose land we now call the Commonwealth of Virginia. Their stories continue today—we are proud to have 11 state-recognized tribes here in the Commonwealth, and countless other Native Americans and Indigenous people who call Virginia their home.
“Join us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month this month.”
Click here to read the full text of the proclamation released in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.