INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ó An Arab heritage organization is honoring Indiana Gov.
Mitch Daniels for his work in the public sector.
The Arab American Institute will present Daniels with the Najeeb Halaby
Award for Public Service during their 13th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of
Humanity Awards Gala in May.
The group says in a news release that the award is also in recognition of
Danielsí pride in his ethnic heritage. The governorís paternal grandparents
are from northern Syria.
Daniels says heís grateful the institute thought of him, and the award
reminds him of the opportunity that his penniless, illiterate grandparents
had found in America.
Danielsí spokeswoman says the Republican governor has been to Syria once on
an official visit but was not able to visit his grandparentsí village.