Native American & Indigenous Peoples National Heritage Commemoration Day committee formed
By Caroline Gordon
The Medway Select Board voted unanimously to appoint four members to a steering committee for the town’s “Native American & Indigenous Peoples National Heritage Commemoration Day” to occur this fall.
Members appointed by the board at its June 22 meeting include Liam McDermott, Michael Regan, Joanne Phillips, and Rebecca Purcell.
In his letter of interest, McDermott said, “I believe that taking this positive path and voice for indigenous members of our community to be celebrated, and that true customs, language, and music shared in educating our neighbors would be a positive decision.”
Purcell, a 34-year resident of Medway, was interviewed at the June meeting. The other candidates had been interviewed previously.
“I went to school here, grew up here, now I have four kids in the schools. I am a nurse by profession but I have an interest in history,” she said. “In school, I had a lot of fun doing projects on Native American History. Some of my kids are getting into that now - I enjoy seeing what they’re learning about.”
Crowley said the committee should get together soon, elect a chairperson, “and be off and running.”