Office of the Mayor
WHEREAS: Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding environs continue to be a source of nutritious local foods- both wild and cultivated; and
WHEREAS: The community and City of Lawrence, Kansas support a thriving farmer’s market, a wide variety of local and regional farmers and food producers, and acknowledges their contributions to the physical and economic health of the Lawrence community; and
WHEREAS: The United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicate that over one billion people in the world are going hungry, over 80% of whom are food producers and the majority of which live on the territories of Indigenous Peoples; and
WHEREAS: Lawrence, Kansas is home to Haskell Indian Nations University and is attended by Indigenous Peoples of the forty-eight contiguous states of the U.S. and Alaska - each with their own unique food traditions; and
WHEREAS: One of the greatest gifts the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas offered to those who arrived on their shores 500 years ago was food.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Aron Cromwell, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, do hereby proclaim Saturday, October 22, 2011 as
in the City of Lawrence and recognize the Haskell Indigenous Food Festival as the City of Lawrence’s contribution to the first ever National Food Day activities.
Aron Cromwell, Mayor
October 11, 2011