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Muscogee Youth Return To Ancestral Homeland In Macon

Jul 30, 2019
Marianna Bacallao

The Muscogee Creek people were removed from Georgia in 1834. In 2019, members of the Muscogee Creek Nation Youth Council came back to their homeland for the first time.

“For me, and for my youth council, and our tribe, it’s very important to just take a step back and recognize where we come from and take time to honor all the sacrifices that (our ancestors) made for us to be here,” Claudia McHenry said. McHenry is a representative for the Native American population at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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Savannah is taking steps toward restoring its historic city plan. The National Park Service last year called the city's historic landmark district "threatened."


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Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District is threatened. The National Park Service on Tuesday announced it was downgrading the district’s status from satisfactory because of threats from development, natural disasters and "intangible threats like noise and traffic."

 

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Like many old cities, Savannah stakes a lot on its history. In fact, the National Park Service calls Savannah’s downtown one of the largest urban Historic Landmark Districts in the country — a big draw for tourists and residents alike.

 

But a new report finds the unique district is under threat. It comes down to a familiar tension between building the future and preserving the past.


Of all the wild places along the U.S.-Mexico border, Big Bend National Park, named for the great curve of the Rio Grande, is the gem.

In Santa Elena Canyon in west Texas, the international river flows between 1,500-foot-tall sheer walls of limestone — a study in light, shadow, water and time.

The Big Bend region — where the ghostly Chisos Mountains rise out of the prickly Chihuahuan Desert — is sacred ground. As writer Marion Winik described, it's "what I imagine the mind of God looks like."

President Trump has donated his salary from his first few months in office to the National Park Service, making good on a campaign pledge to forego a presidential paycheck.

His gift represents a small fraction, however, of the money the Park Service stands to lose if Trump's budget were adopted.

Instead of collecting a salary of $400,000 a year, Trump has volunteered to donate that money to charity. He chose the Park Service as the beneficiary of his first installment, $78,333, which covers the first ten weeks Trump was in office.