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S.R. No. 163, as introduced: 90th Legislative Session (2017-2018) Posted on February 26, 2018

1.1A Senate resolution
1.2honoring the service, contributions, and leadership of Txawj Nraug Hawj.
1.3WHEREAS, Txawj Nraug Hawj was born December 31, 1937, in Xieng Khouang, Laos,
1.4to Vaam Ntxhais Hawj and Ntxhoo Xyooj; and
1.5WHEREAS, in 1948, Txawj Nraug went to school in Phonsavan and graduated in 1953,
1.6continuing his education in Vientiane to become a police officer in the Royal Lao Police force; and
1.7WHEREAS, in 1954, he became the chief officer of a company of the paramilitary Laotian
1.8Gendarmerie patrolling the countryside, also known as the Frontier Police; and
1.9WHEREAS, in 1955, Txawj Nraug married Maab Thoj and had seven children, 21
1.10grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, all currently living throughout the United States; and
1.11WHEREAS, in 1963 to 1975, he was among the few Hmong that held the rank of Phan Trïï
1.12(Major / Commandant) under the Royal Lao Police ranking system and supervised frontier regions
1.13including Xaabcum, Pamxaas, Pamkabdees, Xeev Xieng Khouang, Xaas Thoos, Naabvej,
1.14Meuongcab, and others; and
1.15WHEREAS, in 1975, after America withdrew from the Secret War in Laos, he fled the
1.16country, taking his wife and children across the Mekong River to Namphong Refugee Camp in
1.17Thailand, and later relocated to Ban Vinai Camp; and
1.18WHEREAS, he came to the United States in October 1976 and settled in Denver, Colorado,
1.19as a refugee to begin a new life in America; and
1.20WHEREAS, he became a law-abiding contributing citizen of this country, working in
1.21numerous blue collar jobs to provide for his family; and
2.1WHEREAS, he was a well-respected and highly esteemed member of the community, served
2.2as an adviser and leader to the Denver Hmong community, and played a critical role in establishing
2.3a Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Denver; and
2.4WHEREAS, he overcame a major stroke in 1993 and continued to serve the community as
2.5an adviser during his retirement until his passing on January 1, 2018; and
2.6NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Minnesota that it
2.7honors the service, contributions, and leadership of Txawj Nraug Hawj, and extends condolences
2.8to his family, friends, and all who knew him.
2.9BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is directed to prepare an
2.10enrolled copy of this resolution, to be authenticated by the Secretary's signature and that of the
2.11Chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and transmit it to the family of Txawj
2.12Nraug Hawj.
Cal R. LudemanSecretary of the Senate Paul E. GazelkaChair, Senate Committee onRules and Administration
Foung HawjState Senator, District 67

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