BUZZ CLICKS: SC has more cash to spend, Common Core protest + new Native American tribe

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on November 19, 2013 

Thelma Hamilton, second from left, a member of the Cherokee tribe and Johnnie Marie Faver, a Waccamaw Indian, get emotional as they listen to speakers during South Carolina Native American Heritage Awareness Day Celebration. The event took place on the State House steps in Columbia, SC, Monday, November 18, 2013. "When I went to school we weren't allowed to use our language," said Hamilton. I was put in the back of the class for being Cherokee. Now its ok." "Being recognized means a lot because we've come so far," said Faver.

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Economists: SC will have $440 million more to spend next year

Gov. Nikki Haley has $440.5 million in “new” money to spend in next year’s state budget – and more than $1.2 billion in new requests on how to spend that cash.

The state Board of Economic Advisors released Monday its first revenue forecast for the state’s fiscal year that starts July 1, telling Haley how much money the state will have to spend as she is preparing her third executive budget.

Haley’s budget plan is the first step in the months-long legislative process that will decide how to spend more than $7 billion in state tax dollars. The state Legislature will prepare its version of the budget in the spring.

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SC opponents want Common Core rescinded

About 100 adults and children protested the state-adopted Common Core math and reading standards Monday at the S.C. Department of Education as part of “National Don’t Send Your Child to School Day.”

Robin George of Lexington brought her three children, ages 7 through 11, who were excited to skip school.

George said her children rolled their eyes when she told them they were attending a protest of Common Core. But, she added, “They know that it’s something important to me, so it should be something that is important to them.

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SC to recognize eighth Native American tribe

Chief Ralph Oxendine’s Cheraw Indian ancestors concealed their identity when they came to South Carolina. But, this week, the Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians will become the state’s eighth recognized Native American tribe.

“We had to hide our identity — to be someone, to be able to own land, to be able to vote, to be a person,” Oxendine said Monday at the Native American Awareness Day Celebration at the State House.

Tribal leaders from across South Carolina, including Oxendine, and state and local officials gathered Monday on the State House steps to celebrate another first-time recognition — Gov. Nikki Haley, the General Assembly and the city of Columbia each declaring November as the month to observe Native American heritage and history.

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