City of Lawton recognizes November as Native American Heritage Month

Mayor Stan Booker presenting the proclamation to the Native American representatives

Published November 8, 2022

DaLynna Wood | Multimedia Specialist

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month and to mark the occasion, Mayor Stan Booker issued a proclamation to the Apache Tribe, Comanche Tribe, Fort Sill Apache Tribe, and Kiowa Tribe during Tuesday’s Lawton City Council Meeting.

Mayor Booker also presented each tribe with a gift. Apache Chairman Durell Cooper, Comanche Chairman Mark Woommavovah, and Fort Sill Apache Tribe Chairwoman Lori Gooday Ware were in attendance to accept the commemorative framed print of a Robert Peterson painting. Kiowa Chairman, Lawrence SpottedBird was unable to attend.

Native American Awareness Week began in 1976 and was later expanded by Congress and approved by President George Bush in August of 1990, designating the month of November as National American Heritage Month.  

This month serves as a time to honor and celebrate the first Americans and recognize their contributions and sacrifices throughout our history.  

Thank you to the Native American men and women who contribute to all areas of life in Southwest Oklahoma!