Nevada legislators have recognized the Armenian Genocide on the state level. Gubernatorial proclamations as well as state and local legislation are provided below since 1968.  If you know of other documents to be added to this list – old or new – please send a note to elizabeth@anca.org. We look forward to showcasing them.

Nevada citizens also played an active role in assisting Armenian Genocide survivors through the Congressionally mandated Near East Foundation, during the years 1915 – 1930.  Learn more about their efforts below, through research prepared by the ANCA Western Region’s “America We Thank You” program.

And finally, review our snapshot of news coverage of the Armenian Genocide in Nevada press, as we spotlight three articles, prepared as part of the ANCA’s “Genocide Diary” project.  Check back to the Genocide Diary’s Nevada page for new articles added on a monthly basis.

Nevada Gubernatorial Proclamations

A PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR
Nevada
April 11, 2000

WHEREAS, the Armenian-American Cultural Society of Las Vegas, together with various Armenian organizations and churches, will come together to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Genocide of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire; and

WHEREAS, each April, Armenian Americans, and people of good conscience pause to remember the 1.5 million victims of this crime against humanity; and

WHEREAS, this systematic and deliberate massacre of the Armenian people between 1915-1923 represents the first Genocide of the 20th Century ; and

WHEREAS, this years’ commemoration will take place April 30, 2000 at the Sahara West Library; and

WHEREAS, all Nevadans should continually rededicate themselves to the principle of equal justice for all;

Now, Therefore, I, Kenny C. Guinn, Governor of the State of Nevada, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2000 as A Day of Remembrance of “The First Genocide of the 20th Century”

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great of the Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 11th day of April 2000.

(SIGNED)

Kenny C. Guinn By the Governor
Dean Heller Secretary of State

A Proclamation by the Governor
Nevada
April 6th, 2007

WHEREAS, on April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Turks rounded up, deported and massacred 600 Armenian leaders, writers, thinkers and professionals in Constantinople and other major cities along with 5,000 Armenians who were killed in the streets and in their homes; and

WHEREAS, the extermination from 1915  to 1923, of  more  than 1, 500,000 Christian Armenians and the forced deportation of others represents the first case of genocide of the 20th century; and

WHEREAS, during the Genocide, Armenians were forced to witness the slaughter of their relatives and the loss of their ancestral homeland and property; and

WHEREAS, it is crucial to remember this horrific instance in history in guarding against recurrence of genocide of any kind;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JIM GIBBONS, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA do hereby proclaim April 22, 2007, as A Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide  1915 to 1923

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City,  this. 6th day  of April 2007

(SIGNED)
Governor
Secretary of State

A Proclamation by the Governor
State of Nevada
April 24th, 2010

WHEREAS, 2010 marks the 95th anniversary of the commencement of the first genocide of the 20th century. the genocide of approximately 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children of Anatolia at the direction of the Ottoman Turks; and

WHEREAS, the survivors of this massacre have  maintained  their  identity and unity through their church, passing along to each generation not only a strong Christian faith but a knowledge of their language, history and culture; and

WHEREAS, the heroic struggles of the Armenian people inspire and challenge us to cherish and preserve the freedom that is ours; and

WHEREAS, all citizens are urged to commemorate this tragic event which drove the survivors and descendants of this genocide from their homeland; and

WHEREAS, Nevada joins with the Armenian Community in honoring the memory of these victims at this very special ”Celebration of Life “;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JIM GIBBON S, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim. April 24, 2010 as ARMENIAN GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE DAY

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 24th day of  April, 2010.

(SIGNED)

Jim Gibbons, Governor
Secretary of State

A proclamation by the Governor
NEVADA
February 16, 2015

WHEREAS, on the night of April 24, 1915, more than 200 leaders in the Armenian community in the city known today as Istanbul were arrested. Sent to prison, most were executed, beginning a horrible, systematic killing and forced reaction of the Armenian people that would last until 1923. During these years, the government of the Ottoman Empire claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians and forced 500,000 more from their homeland. The Armenian Genocide was a terrible breach of human rights and an event that has outraged the world; and

WHEREAS the atrocities carried out against the Armenian people were grave and unimaginable, as they were subjected to deportation, abduction, torture, starvation, and more. And as with any violent conflict, the Armenian population that was displaced from their homes was forced to escape to neighboring as well as faraway counties. many fled to the United States; and

WHEREAS, today Nevada is honored to be home to a vibrant growing Armenian-American population. This thriving community is a proud reminder of survival and determination even in the face of extreme injustice; and

WHEREAS, as Americans and Nevadans, it is our duty to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide and to participate in the remembrance and mourning of the loss of innocent lives in a century ago; and

WHEREAS, as Americans and Nevadans, we call upon Congress and the President of the United States to recognize the atrocities committed against the Armenian people, and call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and work toward a just resolution;

NOW, THEREFORE I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim April 19-26, 2015, as DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 16th day of February 2015.

(SIGNED)

Governor
Secretary of State

STATE OF NEVADA
February 28, 2015

I, Lieutenant Governor Mark A. Hutchison, and the State of Nevada wish to acknowledge the Anniversary of the April 24th, 1915 Armenian Genocide. The systematic killing and forced relocation of the Armenian people lasted until 1923, and claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians and caused the displacement of 500,000 more from their homeland. Many fled to the United States, and today Nevada is home to a vibrant growing Armenian-American population. This thriving community is a proud reminder of survival and determination even in the face of extreme injustice. As Lieutenant Governor and President of the Nevada State Senate, I urge my fellow Nevadans to help raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide and to participate in the remembrance and mourning of the loss of innocent lives a century ago. I call upon Congress and the President of the United States to recognize the atrocities committed against the Armenian people, and call upon the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the facts of the Armenian Genocide and work toward a just resolution.

(SIGNED)

Mark A. Hutchinson
Lieutenant Governor

Nevada Assembly

Proclamation
Nevada
April 14th, 2015.

WHEREAS, The pages of Armenian history are filled with stories of people overcoming painful adversity and adhering to an inner strength and determination to preserve a culture rich in architecture, weaving, music, and dance; and

WHEREAS, For about 3,000 years the Armenian people made their home in the Caucasus region of Eurasia as an independent entity and continued to thrive when Armenia was absorbed by the Ottoman Empire during the 15th century; and

WHEREAS, The Ottoman Empire dissolved in the early 20th century and gave rise to a new Turkish government that began to remove the Armenian people from within the borders; and

WHEREAS, In 1915, the leaders of the new Turkish government ordered the arrest and execution of Armenian intellectuals, turned people out of their homes, and forced them on death marches across the Mesopotamian desert, in what would become known as the Armenian Genocide that ended the lives of over 1.5 million people; and

WHEREAS, In response to the genocide, at the behest of United States President Woodrow Wilson and the U.S. State Department, the Near East Relief organization was founded, and became the first congressionally sanctioned American philanthropic effort created exclusively to provide humanitarian assistance and rescue the Armenian nation and other Christian minorities from annihilation; and

WHEREAS, The Near East Relief organization, with the help of many states, provided $117 million of assistance between 1915 and 1930 and saved more than 1 million refugees, including 132,000 orphans, by delivering food, clothing, materials for shelter, and setting up refugee camps, clinics, hospitals, and orphanages; and

WHEREAS, The State of Nevada is home to a large Armenian-American population, who have enriched our State though their leadership and contributions in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts; and

WHEREAS, The Armenian people, in Nevada and elsewhere, remain resolved and their spirit
continues to thrive a century after their near annihilation; now, therefore, be it

PROCLAIMED, That the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and their descendants are
commended for their strength to overcome extreme adversity and prosper in our State; and be it further

PROCLAIMED, That April 24, 2015, is recognized as the day of “Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.”

DATED this 14th day of April, 2015.

(SIGNED)

Nevada Municipal

PROCLAMATION
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 24, 1968

WHEREAS, all over the country, in big cities and small towns, where there are Armenians, this 24th day of April is observed as “ARMENIAN MARTYR’S DAY”. This in memory of the two million of their people who lost their lives in 1915. They were offered the choice of denying their Christian faith or be expelled from their land, home and means of livelihood. They preferred to die in glory than live in ignominy. They were dragged from their homes and deported to parts unknown, and on the way fanatical mobs and bloodthirsty hoards preyed upon them by plundering and slaughtering them in general massacre, with the tolerance and tacit instigation of the criminal government of the time, and

WHEREAS, about one million of them, by dint of good fortune managed to survive and at the end of the war scattered to the four corners of the world; and

WHEREAS, we have a number of them among us here in Las Vegas. Few of them are well known and prominent persons as investors, hotel owners and managers and some as businessmen and artisans, all law-abiding good citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ORAN K. GRAGSON, Mayor of the City of Las Vegas do hereby proclaim the day of April 24, 19 68 as

ARMENIAN MARTYR’S DAY

In the name of the people of Las Vegas we offer them our deep feelings and heartfelt sympathies for this memorable occasion.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Las Vegas to be affixed this twenty-fourth day of April, 1968.

(SIGNED)

Oran K. Gragson, Mayor

ATTEST:

(SIGNED)

Asst. City Clerk

Proclamation
Clark County, Nevada
April 24, 2007

WHEREAS, April 24th marks the ninety second anniversary of the tragic Genocide of 1.5 million Armenians planned and executed by the leaders of the Ottoman Empire; and

WHEREAS, despite the overwhelming evidence borne out by a wealth of documentation, the Turkish government has never recognized nor accepted responsibility for the genocide of the Armenian people from 1915 to 1923;and

WHEREAS, by denying and trying to distort the facts of this first genocide of the 20th Century, the present day Turkish government deprives the  Armenian  people  of  their  right  to  their  own  history  and ancient homeland; and

WHEREAS, recognition of these instances of the Turkish inhumanity to the Armenian population is crucial to guarding against the recurrence of genocide; and

WHEREAS, the survivors and descendents of this genocide which drove them from their homeland, recall and commemorate April 24, 1915 as Armenian Martyr’s Day.

ARMENIAN  GENOCIDE  DAY

NOW, THEREFORE, WE, the Board of Commissioners of Clark County,  Nevada,  do  hereby  declare 24th, 2007, as

in Clark County and commending this observance to all citizens.

(SIGNED)

Rory Reid, Chairman

ATTEST:

(SIGNED)

SHIRLEY B .PARRAGUIRRE, County Clerk

Proclamation
Henderson, Nevada
April 22, 2007

WHEREAS, on April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Turks rounded up, deported and massacred 600 Armenian leaders, writers, thinkers and professionals in Constantinople and other major cities along with 5,000 Armenians who were killed in the streets and in their homes; and

WHEREAS, the extermination from 1915 to 1923, of more than 1,500,000 Christian Armenians and the forced deportation of others represents the first case of genocide of the 2rih century; and

WHEREAS, during the Genocide, Armenians were forced to witness the slaughter of their relatives and the loss of their ancestral homeland and property;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, James B. Gibson, Mayor of the City of Henderson, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2007, as A Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide 1915 to 1923 in Henderson and urge all citizens to remember this horrific instance in history in guarding against recurrence of genocide of any kind.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of Henderson to be affixed this 22nd day of April 2007.

(SIGNED)

James B. Gibson, Mayor of Henderson

ATTEST:

(SIGNED)

MONICA M. SIMMONS, CMC, City Clerk

Proclamation From the Office of the Mayor
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 24, 2009

BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY GIVEN TO ME BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA AND BY THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, I, OSCAR B. GOODMAN, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM April 24,2009 AS A Day of Remembrance IN THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND I ASK ALL CITIZENS TO OBSERVE THE 94th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND HONOR THE INNOCENT VICTIMS, MAY THEY LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS AND NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. IN WITNESS WHEREOF: BY THE POWERS GRANTED TO ME, I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND AND CAUSED THE SEAL OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS TO BE AFFIXED THIS 24TH DAY OF APRIL, 2009.

(SIGNED)

HONORABLE OSCAR B.GOODMAN, MAYOR, CITY OF LAS VEGAS

Proclamation
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 24, 2012

BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY GIVEN TO ME BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA AND BY THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, I, CAROLYN G. GOODMAN, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM
April 24, 2012 AS Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day IN THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND ASK ALL CITIZENS TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915. THE ARMENIAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY OF LAS VEGAS WILL GATHER AND COMMEMORATE THE 97TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS TRAGIC EVENT. IN WITNESS WHEREOF: BY THE POWERS GRANTED TO ME, I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND AND CAUSED THE SEAL OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS TO BE AFFIXED THIS 24TH DAY OF APRIL 2012.

(SIGNED)

HONORABLE CAROLYN G. GOODMAN, MAYOR, CITY OF LAS VEGAS

Proclamation From the Office of the Mayor

Las Vegas, Nevada
April 24,2014

BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY GIVEN TO ME BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA AND BY THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, I, CAROLYN  G.  GOODMAN,   MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM April 24,2014 AS Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day IN THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND ASK ALL CITIZENS TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915. THE ARMENIAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY OF LAS VEGAS WILL GATHER AND COMMEMORATE THE 99TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS TRAGIC EVENT.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF: BY THE POWERS GRANTED TO ME, I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND AND CAUSED THE SEAL OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS TO BE AFFIXED THIS 24TH DAY OF APRIL 2014

HONORABLE CAROLYN G. Goodman, MAYOR, CITY OF LAS VEGAS

Clark County, Nevada
April 24, 2014
Proclamation

WHEREAS, April 24 marks the anniversary of the 1.5 million victims of the tragic Armenian Genocide of 1915 – 1923; and

WHEREAS, despite the overwhelming evidence borne out by a wealth of documentation, the Turkish government has never recognized nor accepted responsibility for the genocide of the Armenian people; and

WHEREAS, by denying and trying to distort the facts of this first genocide of the 20th Century, the present day Turkish government deprives the Armenian people of their right to their own history and ancient homeland; and

WHEREAS, recognition of these instances of the Turkish inhumanity to the Armenian population is crucial to guarding against the recurrence of genocide; and

WHEREAS, the survivors and descendants of this genocide which drove them from their homeland, recall and commemorate April 24, 1915, as Armenian Martyr’s Day.

NOW, THEREFORE, WE, the Board of Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada, do hereby declare April 24, 2014, as ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION DAY in Clark County and commend this observance to all citizens.

(SIGNED)
TOM COLLINS, Commissioner

ATTEST:

(SIGNED)
DIANA ALBA, County Clerk

Proclamation From the Office of the Mayor
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 24,  2015

BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY GIVEN TO ME BY THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA AND BY THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, I, CAROLYN G. GOODMAN, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM April 24,  2015 AS Armenian Genocide Commemoration  Day IN THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS AND ASK ALL CITIZENS TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915. THE ARMENIAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY OF LAS VEGAS WILL GATHER AND COMMEMORATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS TRAGIC EVENT. IN WITNESS WHEREOF: BY THE POWERS GRANTED TO ME, I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND AND CAUSED THE SEAL OF THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS TO BE AFFIXED THIS 24TH DAY OF APRIL 2014

(SIGNED)

HONORABLE CAROLYN G. GOODMAN, MAYOR, CITY OF LAS VEGAS

CITY OF LAS VEGAS CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
FOR THE UNVEILING AND COMMEMORATION OF
THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MEMORIAL MONUMENT
MARKING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
BY THE LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY

_________________
CAROLYN G. GOODMAN
MAYOR, CITY OF LAS VEGAS
NOVEMBER 14, 2015

Proclamation
NORTH LAS VEGAS
April 15th, 2015

WHEREASOn April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Turks deported and massacred 600 Armenian leaders, writers, thinkers and professionals in Constantinople and other major cities along with 5,000 Armenians who were killed in the streets and in their homes; and

WHEREASfrom 1915-1923, the leaders of the Ottoman Empire implemented the systematic destruction of thousands of Armenian communities through massacres and death marches; and

WHEREASthousands of Armenians were forced to deport from their homes and ancient homeland and to the present day the Turkish government deprives the Armenians of their right to their own history and ancient homeland; and

WHEREASa groundbreaking ceremony of the Armenian Memorial Monument will be held on April 24, 2015, at Las Vegas Sunset Park, coinciding with the Centennial Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

NOW, THEREFORE, WE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NORTH LAS VEGAS, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2015, as: “ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION DAY” in North Las Vegas, and urge all citizens to commemorate this tragic event in world history.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have set our hand and caused the Seal of the City of North Las Vegas to be affixed this 15th day of April, 2015.

(SIGNED)

John J. Lee, Mayor

ATTEST:

(SIGNED)

Barbara A. Andolina, City Clerk

Proclamation
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 24th, 2015

WHEREAS, on April 24, 2015, the Armenian community will commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide that took place during World War I, and on this same day a groundbreaking ceremony for the Armenian Memorial Monument at Sunset Park will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada; and

WHEREAS, despite the overwhelming evidence borne out by a wealth of documentation, the Turkish government has never recognized nor accepted responsibility for the genocide of the Armenian people and

WHEREAS, the Armenian Memorial Monument at Sunset Park will serve as a space to remember and honor the 1.5 million Armenians who tragically died and the 500,000 who were sadly displaced from their homeland between 1915 and 1923; and

WHEREAS, recognition of the inhumanity shown to the Armenian population by the Turkish Government is crucial to guarding against the recurrence of genocide among any people; and

WHEREAS, today Nevada is honored to be home to a vibrant growing Armenian-American population which is a proud reminder of survival and determination even in the face of extreme injustice.

NOW, THEREFORE, WE, the Board of Commissioners of Clark County, Nevada, do hereby declare April 24th, 2015 as

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION DAY

in Clark County, Nevada and commend this observance to all citizens.

(SIGNED)

LAWRENCE L. BROWN III, Vice-Chair
SUSAN BRAGER, Commissioner
TOM COLLINS, Commissioner
LAWENCE WEEKLY, Commissioner
CHRIS GIUNCHIGLIANT, Commissioner
MARY BETH SCOW, Commissioner
STEVE SISOLAK, Chair

ATTEST:

LYNN MARIE GOYA, County Clerk

Proclamation
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 22nd, 2018

By virtue of the authority given to us by the laws of the State of Nevada and by the Charter of the City of Las Vegas, ‘We, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Las Vegas, in commemoration of the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 do hereby proclaim, April 22nd, 2018 as “Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day” in the city of Las Vegas and ask all citizens to acknowledge and remember the victims of this tragic event.

(SIGNED)

Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman

Nevada’s Support for Survivors of the Armenian Genocide

Nevada was an integral supporter of Near East Relief (NER), the American-led campaign that quickly sparked an international response with its unprecedented humanitarian endeavor, mobilizing all segments of American citizenry including elected officials, celebrities and laypersons alike, to help rescue victims of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey from 1915-1930.

Nevada facilitated its relief efforts from neighboring California’s headquarters of Near East Relief located at 333 Mills Building in San Francisco.

Nevada’s NER committee organized community meetings to raise awareness about the plight of the Armenians and their suffering and distress overseas.

Read the complete fact sheet prepared by America We Thank You.

The Armenian Genocide in Nevada Press