During its November meeting, the Cumming City Council recognized Native American history and Thrombosis awareness in two proclamations.
Forsyth County is rich in Native American History. In fact, prior to Lake Lanier being filled with water, a team of archaeologists from the University of Georgia excavated the Summerour Mounds in Forsyth County, north of Buford Dam, where they discovered pottery and artifacts of the Napier Culture, which dated to 600 AD and 900 AD.
“Our Chestatee River Chapter dedicated our November meeting in honor of National American Indian Heritage Month,” noted Joyce Mortison, president of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “And Tom McElhinny from the Funk Indian Museum at Reinhardt College gave us a presentation on American Indian Heritage.”
Mortison and her fellow members also presented the Cumming City Council with a resolution recognizing National American Indian Heritage Month, which was approved at the November meeting.What started at the turn of the century as a day of recognition for the contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States, has resulted in a month being designated for that purpose.
Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y., persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day.
In 1915, Congress of the American Indian Association president Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, called upon the country to observe such a day. President Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.
Georgia Thrombosis Forum Founders Highlight Mission
More than 600,000 people annually in the United States are estimated to develop venous thromboembolism, or clots in the veins, with about 400,000 of them developing deep vein thrombosis of the legs.
Pulmonary embolism, a serious and potentially fatal complication of deep vein thrombosis, affects at least 200,000 people in the U.S. annually.
Dr. Atul Laddu and Mrs. Jayashree Laddu, the founders of Georgia Thrombosis Forum, along with several other members of GTF, attended the November City Council meeting to highlight the importance of awareness and the mission of the organization.
They were greeted with a City Council Resolution declaring December as Thrombosis Awareness Month.
The organization’s mission is to increase awareness of thrombosis and to conduct research in the area of venous thromboembolism. The Georgia Forum also works to enhance the mission its national affiliate by training young volunteers to organize, plan and handle promotional efforts to increase thrombosis awareness in cities and counties throughout the state.
The Council’s resolution noted that public awareness, which promotes prompt diagnosis and proper treatment, can potentially reduce the frequency of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism among citizens of the City of Cumming – and may ultimately save lives.
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