CRAINVILLE - Novem-ber is National American Indian Heritage Month, and the Daniel H. Brush Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is doing its part to honor the contributions of Native Americans in the country.

In recognition of the month and at the request of the chapter, Crainville Mayor Ron Mitchell signed a proclamation acknowledging November as Nat-ional American Indian Heritage Month in the village of Crainville.

"SIU has activities planned for the entire month of November to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month, and our local DAR chapter plans to participate in promoting these events," said Myra Lopez, chairwoman of the chapter's American Indian Committee.

This month-long observance dates back to 1916. New York became the first state to institute an American Indian Day. In 1990, President George W. Bush signed into law a resolution declaring November as National American Indian Heritage Month.

"This is just one of the many interesting and informative activities with which our DAR chapter involves itself," Lopez said. "Every month, our chapter has guest speakers on a variety of subjects. Most recently, our presenters were Harry and Dorothy Boyd, who are working on locating and identifying graves of veterans in Williamson County. They plan to put all their work and records into a book in the near future."

To learn more about the Daniel H. Brush Chapter of DAR, contact Jeanette O'Boyle at 618-684-4955 or

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