Published On: Wed, Oct 12th, 2011

Richardson appointed to Interstate Indian Council

     RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue has appointed Greg Richardson, executive director of the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs, to serve as North Carolina’s delegate to Governor’s Interstate Indian Council (GIIC). As such, he will represent her at the 62nd annual GIIC Conference to be held Nov. 1-2 in Portland, Ore.

Greg Richardson (NCCIA photo)

     “It is a privilege to represent our state at this annual gathering, which will address topics of interest and concern to members of North Carolina’s tribes and urban associations,” said Richardson, who is marking his second term on the Council. “It represents an opportunity to report on our programs and successes, including workforce training and educational support, and to learn about initiatives that may benefit our communities.”

     The GIIC Conference coincides with the National Congress of American Indians annual conference, which will be held in Oct. 31-Nov. 5, also in Portland, Ore., and with the national observance of November as Native American Heritage Month.

     The 16th annual N.C. American Indian Heritage Month Celebration will be held at the N.C. Museum of History on Nov. 19. The free, family-friendly event features a wide range of interactive displays and activities, as well as traditional foods. 

     Additionally, the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs will mark its 40th anniversary of serving North Carolina’s American Indian communities in November. More than 122,000 American Indians reside in North Carolina according to the Commission, giving the state the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi and the eighth largest American Indian population in the country.

– N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs