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American Indian Heritage Month Proclamation

SENECA—Talia S. Major, President of the Skyagunsta Society National Society Children of the American Revolution (CAR), wanted to assist the students at the Tamassee Academy at the Tamassee DAR School in the American History Essay Contest, sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The essay is entitled, “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence,” and the essay focuses on the often unrecognized people and groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and others who provided military, patriotic, and public service in support of the American Revolution.

Due to her work schedule, Miss Major is unable to work directly with Mari Noorai, Senior President of the Skyagunsta Society, during classroom instruction when the sixth-eighth grade students will be working on their research and the writing process. Miss Major, realizing the importance of making connections with the real world, wanted to capitalize on November as National American Indian Heritage Month and on our rich, local Native American History. After doing some research, she found a template for American Indian Heritage Month Proclamation, so she enlisted the help of DAR members from the Andrew Pickens and Wizard of Tamassee Chapters DAR.

Lauren Maggs, the American Indian Heritage Chairman for the Andrew Pickens Chapter, and Rooksie Noorai, the Historian of the Wizard of Tamassee Chapter, assisted her in getting proclamations from Mayor Cook of Clemson, Mayor Alexander of Seneca, and the Pickens County Council. Major is still waiting to hear back from the Oconee County Council about issuing a proclamation that will aid in the education of the Tamassee Academy students, who are also members of the Junior American Citizens (JAC) Club at the Tamassee DAR School.

Miss Major explained, “The Native Americans have given more than their names to this area; they helped the colonists survive and helped to create this country. They are some of these forgotten patriots and heroes of the American Revolution. I wanted to focus on the American Indians because the Skyagunsta Society is the Cherokee name for General Andrew Pickens, meaning ‘Wizard Owl.’ General Pickens was given this honorary title because of his military skill and diplomatic work with the Cherokee.”

These proclamations will be used in the introductory lessons for the American History Essay Contest at the Tamassee Academy later this month. Mari Noorai added, “Talia’s initiative has greatly helped to create the lessons that will I will use in conjunction with the talented teachers at the Tamassee Academy so that these middle school students learn all about the American patriots who have not gotten the recognition they deserve.”

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