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Joe Micon Receives the Sagamore of the Wabash

One of the surprises for Joe Micon at the LUM Retirement Follies was receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Governor Eric Holcomb, presented by State Senator Ron Alting.

The highest distinction in Indiana is the designation of “Sagamore of the Wabash” by the state governor. It is a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor. Among those who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, politicians, ambassadors, artists, musicians, and ordinary citizens who have contributed greatly to our Hoosier heritage.

Congratulation to Joe Micon for becoming one of the select few to received this honorary award.


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The Sagamore of the Wabash award reads:
WHEREAS, the greatness of the Sons of Indiana derives, in part, from qualities possessed by the noble Chieftains of the Indiana Tribes which once roamed its domain; and
WHEREAS, it has been the immemorial custom of the State of Indiana to attract to its support those who have exhibited such qualities; and
WHEREAS, there has endeared himself to the Citizens of Indiana one Joe Micon distinguished by his Humanity in Living, his Loyalty in Friendship, his Wisdom in Council, and his Inspiration in Leadership:
NOW, THEREFORE, recognizing his greatness and desiring to avail myself of his counsel, I do hereby appoint him a chieftain upon my staff with the rank and title of SAGAMORE of the WABASH
WITNESS my hand and the Seal of the Council of the Sagamores at Indianapolis, Indiana this 6th day of March in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twenty.
Signed: Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of the State of Indiana.

Indiana State Senator Ron Alting

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We are pleased to highlight, Greater Lafayette’s own, Ron Alting. Senator Alting is a Lafayette native and graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School and Purdue University. He represents District 22 which consists of the Greater Lafayette area. Sen. Alting was originally elected to the Senate in 1998 and currently serves as the Majority Floor Leader Emeritus and chairs the Public Policy committee.

In the current session, Senator Alting authored Senate Bill 12 which would help victims of bias crimes. This bill would send the message that the State of Indiana will not tolerate hate crimes based on race, ethnicity, or social group and add an additional count and penalty for any crime that is motivated by hate.

In a recent interview Campaign for Hoosier Families conducted with Senator Alting, we had the opportunity to ask him about Senate Bill 12. One question we asked prompted an insightful answer as to why Hoosiers need to support the bill; “the number one reason why we need to pass this bill is because it’s the right thing to do. It’s being on the right side of history and it’s just the right thing to do. We all are created equal. We all should be treated equally. There should never be winners or losers in civil rights.”

We are also grateful to him for partnering with LUM and adding his name to the Kilinker-Alting Family Family Advocacy Internship which is now in its 3rd year. On behalf of the Campaign for Hoosier Families, we would like to thank Senator Alting for all he has done in the past and for all the work he will continue to do.

by Angela Weaver, Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy intern

Klinker-Alting Internship Announced


Last Friday at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, announced the establishment of the LUM Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Internship.


{Pictured L to R: Susan Brouillette, Sheila Kinker, Joe Micon, Ron Alting, Allison Wong & Lori Sparger, Purdue College of Liberal Arts}


The internship was created in collaboration with the Purdue College of Liberal Arts and recognizes the enduring and substantial contributions State Representative Sheila Klinker and State Senator Ron Alting have made, and continue to make, in supporting legislation
that empowers and eases the burden on Hoosier families. At the event, Representative Klinker & Senator Alting were recognized, offered remarks and were introduced to the first intern, Allison Catherine Wong.  

Ally (Pleasanton, CA) is a senior and will graduate in May with majors in History and Philosophy and a minor in Political Science. Her experience as an undergraduate policy fellow and Student Ambassador for the Purdue College of Liberal Arts helped qualify her for the internship. Ally also has practical public policy experience through her previous internships with California Congressman, Eric Swalwell, the Tippecanoe County Assessor’s Office, Pleasanton California Downtown Association, the Indiana State Senate, Politics of Appearance, the Purdue Center for the Environment, and the Diversity and  Inclusion Project. Ally shared,

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to work as an intern, named after Senator Alting and Representative Klinker. Under the leadership of Susan Brouilette,
I know that the Campaign for Hoosier Families will continue to grow and support low income families throughout Indiana, and I am proud to have been a part of this organization.”


The Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Internship is open to juniors and seniors who are enrolled and in good academic standing with the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue and runs from November through April. The merit-based internship provides students with practical, hands-on learning of the political process. Included with the internship is a $500 stipend provided by LUM. The Klinker-Alting Intern works with the director of the LUM Social Justice Ministry, Susan Brouillette.


Lafayette Urban Ministry Executive Director Joe Micon shared,

“The internship is as much about who the legislators are as it is about what they have done.  Representative Klinker and Senator Alting are about integrity in public service.  Their hearts and souls are so invested in improving the lives of  their constituents and of Hoosiers in general.  They believe public service is still an honorable thing and for years have personally sacrificed so much in order to make life better for all of us.  They don’t care who gets the credit for a good idea and they’re not the least motivated by partisanship.
I hope that every Purdue student who is awarded this internship will take the time to learn a little bit about the wonderful legacy of public service that Sheila and Ronnie have given us.”


More information about the internship may be found HERE.


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