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Related Stories At Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, there’s evidence of human history going back 17,000 years. There were ice age hunters there, and Mississippian mound builders. It was home to the Muscogee people until the U.S. government drove them out.In its more recent human history, the place got caught for a couple years in congressional politics, with an end result that’s good news for the park: President Donald Trump signed a bill in March that expands it, nearly quadrupling the park’s boundaries.The park overlooks the Ocmulgee River. It’s in an ecologically rich place – where flora and fauna of the piedmont and coastal plain meet. The steep grassy hills that park visitors explore are mounds built about 1,000 years ago. According to the park, powerful people lived up on top of the mounds, looking down at the river below.The expansion will allow the park to bring in other parts of the place’s history – lower elevation fields where, presumably, less powerful people lived and farmed.Melissa Harjo-Moffer, archivist for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, said she feels a connection when she visits the Macon park. It was home to the Muscogee people until they were driven out. (Photos by Bita Honarvar/WABE)“This, to us, is probably one of our most sacred places because it was our home,” said James Floyd, principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. “It just has a certain spirit about it to all of us who come from the tribe. It’s just a good peaceful feeling.”The tribe is in Oklahoma now, forced there in the 1800s, but Floyd said coming to the park feels like coming home.Ducking through a long hall into the earth lodge, a broad, circular room now buried under dirt and grass, Floyd let out a sigh.“We’re so grateful this remains, it’s just amazing,” he said.The floor of the earth lodge is about 1,000 years old, according to the Park Service. (Bita Honarvar/WABE)This place wasn’t always protected though. In the mid-1800s, railroads cut through the mounds here twice. “It breaks my heart,” said Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Superintendent Jim David. “I’d love to have seen this site before the railroads cut through, to see what they destroyed. But there just had to be a phenomenal amount of cultural material just gone forever.”It wasn’t just the railroads wrecking things.In the late 1800s and early 1900s, “Apparently it became a popular Macon activity to go out to the funeral mound on a Saturday afternoon, and dig into it, see what you could find,” David said.“The funeral mound is a fraction of its former self,” he said.But by the 1930s, local boosters in Macon were rallying to make the area a park. The federal government didn’t offer any money to help buy the land, so people in Macon raised it themselves.They envisioned a 2,000-acre park, but in 1934, in the middle of the Great Depression, they couldn’t buy as much property as they’d hoped. “Money is not flowing wildly,” said David.The past few years, there’s been a renewed local effort around this park to expand its boundaries. But over and over again, Congress failed to pass a bill that would do that.David, who’s been the superintendent for more than 20 years, started to think about retirement.Jim David tells people he’s the last superintendent of Ocmulgee National Monument and the first superintendent of Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. (Bita Honarvar/WABE)Then, this year it finally happened.The bill to expand this park got rolled into a much larger public lands bill that creates and expands parks around the country – including a couple others in Georgia. Congress allowed the park to grow up to around the size that had originally been proposed back during the Depression – though the boundary expansion doesn’t mean it happens automatically, just that as land becomes available, the park would be allowed to add it.Related: Kennesaw Mountain On The Verge Of Adding 8 Acres — And More HistoryThe name of the park also changed, from Ocmulgee National Monument, to Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.Now David says he plans to retire in May.“I feel very, very good about walking out with that off my checklist,” he said.At an event celebrating the park’s expansion, a cake displays the new name. (Bita Honarvar/WABE)Principal Chief James Floyd said he hopes the Muscogee (Creek) Nation will have more of a presence here going forward. David has worked to reach out to the tribe, and there is already a big annual gathering, but Floyd envisions more: working on archaeological studies, and on plant identification. And, he said, just letting people know the Muscogee people are still around.“Sometimes they think, ‘Well they just left, we don’t know what happened, or they’re extinct.’ And we’re not extinct. We’re the fourth-largest tribe in the United States. But we understand. So we need to come back and be a part of Georgia and Alabama and Florida,” he said.Melissa Harjo-Moffer, archivist for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, said she feels a connection when she visits, but it’s a lonely feeling.“I could almost imagine or envision the people everywhere, and everybody speaking the Mvskoke language,” she said.Harjo-Moffer and Floyd came from Oklahoma to the park last month along with a few others for an event celebrating the expansion; the tribe had pushed Congress to help make it happen.“Hesci,” Floyd told the crowd in the Mvskoke language. “Hello, good afternoon everyone.” He told the gathering that he’s happy the legislation passed, and he hopes to see the park continue to grow.“I hope that we all understand the historical significance here and we always keep that near and dear to us. Because when we come back, to us, it’s coming back home,” he choked up. “When we look to the trees and the water, it’s really in our blood.” For Whom The Bell Rings 4:14 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility A Win For Environmental Groups: Judge Blocks Dredging Plan That Threatened Georgia’s Sea Turtles Share
On December 26th, 2020, 50+ artists and hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world came together for Georgia Comes Alive, a virtual music festival aimed at promoting voter participation in Georgia’s critical Senate runoff elections on January 5th, 2021.Two of the many world-renowned acts to take part in the nine-hour livestream were singer Nicki Bluhm and Jesse Wilson on his acoustic guitar, as the duo delivered a candle-lit cover of Bill Monroe‘s “House of Gold” to open the all-day event. Bluhm, who also took part in Democracy Comes Alive earlier in the year, sat beside Wilson on his guitar at a table for the stripped-down acoustic duet cover, which made for a relaxing listen to ease viewers into the first of many performances that would follow throughout the day.Related: The Lame Ducks Ft. Bob Weir, Dave Schools, Jay Lane, & Jeff Chimenti Bring Grateful Dead Spirit To Georgia Comes AliveRelive Bluhm and Wilson’s performance from Georgia Comes Alive in the video below. If you enjoyed the show and have the means, consider donating to Georgia grassroots voter organizations via GeorgiaComesAlive.com. Subscribe to the Live For Live Music YouTube channel for more Georgia Comes Alive videos.Nicki Bluhm & Jesse Wilson – “House of Gold” – Georgia Comes AliveNicki and Jesse joined 50+ other performers and speakers as part of Georgia Comes Alive, presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with voter registration nonprofit HeadCount. The marathon streaming event, powered by Nugs.TV and Plus 1, generated more than $170,000 in funds for grassroots voter organizations like CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda that put in work on the ground to get Georgians out to the polls. For more information on Georgia Comes Alive, visit GeorgiaComesAlive.com.
FDA working with CMS to look for new clues on flu vaccine protectionUS Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, today weighed in on steps the FDA it taking to improve the effectiveness of seasonal flu vaccines, which includes collaborating with partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use a large database that includes information on flu vaccines given to 4 million people.In a statement, he said an analysis of the data is still underway, but it may have some clues on effectiveness of cell-based and egg-based vaccines and may shed light on effectiveness of high-dose and adjuvanted version of the vaccines in seniors, as compared to standard flu vaccine. “What we learn about the differences in efficacy between these different vaccines might reveal information that can inform why overall effectiveness against H3N2 was lagging,” Gottlieb said.One theory is that people may require a higher amount of H3N2 antigen to prompt a better immune response, he said, adding that preliminary CMS data has suggested that cell-based flu vaccine might be somewhat more effective than egg-based vaccine. FDA scientists are combing through the data to see if there are any other reasons for the drop in vaccine effectiveness against H3N2 and are working with scientists inside and outside the government to understand the findings.Earlier this month, US scientists released interim effectiveness estimates for this season’s vaccine, which found that protection against H3N2 was 25%, less than hoped and similar to what some other countries have recently found. The gap in protection has been especially problematic over the past few seasons, and scientists say the issue likely stems from a combination of factors, but especially an egg-adaptation that has been identified in the vaccine strain used to make egg-based vaccines.The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meets on Mar 1 to discuss the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) recently announced recommendations for the Northern Hemisphere’s 2018-19 flu season.Feb 26 FDA statement FDA VRBPAC meeting information WHO approves Shanchol cholera vaccineShantha Biotechnics, an India-based subsidiary of Sanofi, announced today that the WHO has approved its oral cholera vaccine Shanchol, the first of its kind that can be stored and distributed outside of the traditional cold chain, The Economic Times, an English-language paper based in India, reported today.Shanchol is the second vaccine approved for mass campaigns to prevent and control cholera outbreaks. According to the report, the vaccine can be kept for a single period of up to 14 days at a temperature of up to 40°C just before administration, as long as it hasn’t expired and the vaccine vial monitor hasn’t reached the discard point.The WHO prequalified Shanchol in 2011, and since then, 12 million doses have been sent to 25 countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Mozambique, and South Sudan.Feb 26 Economic Times story PAHO emphasizes yellow fever vaccine for travelers to affected areasThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently reiterated its recommendation that international travelers be vaccinated against yellow fever at least 10 days before visiting areas where the disease is circulating, according to a Feb 23 statement.Between Jan 2016 and Jan 2018, seven countries or territories in the Americas have reported yellow fever cases: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, and Suriname. However, most of the illnesses have been reported from Brazil, with cases reported from areas where the disease hasn’t been found in several decades, including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states. The WHO recommends vaccination for international travelers for 21 Brazilian states, and the group is closely monitoring for signs that new areas are at risk.So far urban transmission via Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has not been documented, and human infections have been linked to two types of forest-dwelling mosquitoes that can spread the disease, Haemagogus and Sabethes. PAHO said travelers to affected countries should also take steps to avoid mosquito bites and seek immediate medical care if they become sick during or after their trips.Feb 23 PAHO statement