LANSING — Today Michigan’s State House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 15 introduced by State Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) proclaiming Feb. 2-8 Chicano History Week in Michigan.

“People of Chicano heritage have added to the richness and diversity of Michigan’s economy, culture and history,” Rep. Schor said. “Michigan would not be what it is today without Chicano entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and educators. This resolution helps recognize the many contributions they’ve made to our state, and I look forward to those the younger generation has yet to make.”

Chicano History Week commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on Feb. 2, 1848, which ended the Mexican-American War and changed the border between the two nations. People living in the area who had been considered Mexican citizens became American citizens overnight. These new American citizens and their descendants have become a strong cultural and economic force in our state and nation.

“I’m grateful that the House chose to honor Chicano History Week, and I am grateful for the Chicanos whose skills, knowledge and experiences have enriched our state,” Rep. Schor said. “Our state’s diversity is a strength, and people of Chicano heritage have made our state a better place to work, live and raise a family.”