Native American Leaders Applaud Bill Signing

TOPEkA, Kan. (WIBW) - Two Native American leaders on the national stage traveled to Topeka Thursday.

They wanted to personally thank Gov. Sam Brownback for signing a bill designating the first Wednesday of February as Native American Day at the Capitol.

Jefferson Keel, president of the National Congress of American Leaders and Ernie Stevens, Jr., who chairs the National Indian Gaming Association, joined state tribal leaders for the ceremonial event in Brownback's Statehouse office. Both say it's important the state formally recognized the historic, cultural and economic contributions of the state's native people.

Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, introduced the measure. It was SB 111. She says it is important to celebrate the diversity of the state.


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