Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
November 7, 2019
Mrs. Cara Curtin accepted a Proclamation from Fernandina Beach Mayor John Miller declaring November 2019 as National American Indian Heritage Month at the November 5, 2019 Regular Meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC). Curtin chairs the American Indian Committee of the Amelia Island DAR Chapter.
Miller noted that Native American Awareness Week began in 1976 and recognition was expanded by Congress and approved by President George Bush in August, 1990, designating the month of November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.”
In reflecting on Native American contributions, Miller said that their traditions and values continue to inspire the ideals of self-governance and determination that are the framework of the United States. He also said that Americans must acknowledge the deplorable chapters of violence against Native American people. “While we cannot undo the pain and tragedy of the past, we can set out together to forge a brighter future of progress and hope across Indian Country and the entire American landscape,” he said.
In accepting the Proclamation Curtin thanked the city and encouraged visitors to the nation’s capital to visit the National Museum of the American Indian. She said that a memorial to American Indians is set to open on Veterans Day 2020 next to the Museum.