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Falrmoat-Mrs. Novella Hunt
Strickland, 85, a resident of the NC
Cancer Institute, Lumberton, and
formerly of route 1, Fairmont, died
at the Institute Friday morning, November
She was bom in Robeson County,
NC July 5, 1913, a daughter of the
late Hose and betsy Ann "Bettyy"
Mrs. Strickland was a member of
the Pleasant View Baptist Church
and a home maker.
Funeral services were conducated
at 2 p.n. Monday, November 16,
from the pleasant View Baptist
Church witnt eh Reverends Johnnie
Chavis and Prather Sampson
officiatin. Burial followed in the
church cemetery under the direction
of Prevatte Funeral Home in
Surviving are a son, Hal "Boot"
Hunt of Baltimore, MD; a brother,
two siters, Dorothy Frost of Greensboro
; and Ann Chavis of Lumberton;
seventeen grandchildren; forty-six
great-grandchildren; seven greatgreat
She was preceded in death by a
son Calvin Hunt, her husbands,
Luther Allen "coot" Hutnand Jimmy
"Pop" Stickland; two sistrs, Christine
Lewis and Corina Oxendine and
a brother, James Hunt.
Mr. James Fred Sampson
Mr. James Fred Sampson. 90 . a
resident of 2224 Deep Branch Rd .
Lumberton. N.C. ditxl at his residence
early Thursday morning. Novembers.
1998 He was born in Robeson
County, North Carolina . February
2 , 1908: a son of the late James
and Edna Hammonds Sampson
Mr. Sampson was a member of the
Deep Branch Baptist Church where
he was active in the Adult Men Class
of the church Sunday school He was
a retired Correction Officer with the
Robeson County Correction Center
and former owner ofSampson's Lunch
located on Fourth Str
Funeral services were conducted
at 3p.m. Sunday. November 8. 1998
from Deep Branch Baptist Church
w ilh the Reverends Lay ton Sampson,
nephew . Harvey L Locklear and
Sandford Chavis. Rev Prather Sampson.
brother. James A Hunt officiating
Interment followed in the Lumbcc
Surviving arc a foster son. Willie
Scott Chavis of Lumberton. NC; three
daughters. Deborah Lowry and
Lctccia Hardin both of Lumberton.
NC and Brcnda and her husband.
T A Acquard of the home three
brothers. Carl Sampson ofLaurcl Hill.
Garfield Sampson of New Jersey and
REvcrcnd Prather Sampson of Lumberton,
NC, four sisters. Pearl Young
of Apdrcw.SC, AtcliaChavisof Lumberton.
NNCiRclhaLocklcar of Hamlet,
NC and Rosic Freeman of Pembroke.
NC; three grandchildren, Julie
R. Lowry and Dakota Lowry both of
Lumberton. NC and Tiffany Chavis
of Shannon. NC: and a host of other
relatives and friends He was preceded
in death by three brothers.
Alfonso Sampson. Grady Sampson,
and William B Sampson and his
wife. Mrs Ruby Scott Sampson
Along the Robeson Trail
by Dr. Stanley Knlck, Director, Native American Resource Center, UNCP
The things we know and believe
can be powerful. But when we know
them ? when we came to believe
them ? can also have an important
effect The precise nmutg of ny search
for an answer to a particular question
often shapes the answer we get
This kind of perspective ?
where the history or development
of an idea or perception is traced ?
is sometimes referred to as
"historiography." It is, in a way, the
history o/history. It provides a fruitful
vie w of a great many historical notions
and personalities, and the case of Henry
Berry Lowrie is no exception. One's
perspective of who the real Henry
Berry was could be shaped by when
one asked about him.
Ask the New York Times on 22
July 1871. Here you would read that
Henry was a "robber baron..., a
chivalric cut-throat," and that his
gang was a "motley crew" including
"runaway slaves..., deserted soldiers
of both armies [Union and
Confederate], and miscellaneous
Ask Mary Norment in 1875. In
her book we find a catalogue of the
crimes Henry committed ? a list of
the people he robbed and killed.
Norment calls Henry "ablood-stained,
crime-hardened wretch," although she
grudgingly concedes that he "makes a
handsome personal appearance when
dressed up (Norment 1875:12,142)."
Ask Frank Tripled in 1884 in his
book History, Romance and
Philosophy of Great American
Crimes and Criminals. Tripled calls
Henry and his gang "mongrel outlaws,
to whom murder was a pleasant
excitement (Starr 1994:137)."
Ask The Argus newspaper on 14
June 1904. This paper's editor made
the (as it turns out, profound)
prediction that The days of the Lowrie
Gang will possibly furnish themes for
poetry and romance... ? how long
hence (Starr 1994:138)?"
By the time McKec Evans wrote
To Die Game in 1971, D. F. Lowry
(Henry's nephew) would write in the
book's foreword about "the pride we
[Lumbees] take in the brave acts of the
Lowrys..." Lowry went on to say how
pleased be was that a person with
Evans' qualifications had produced a
book about his uncle's life and about
"the wonderful record of the Lowry
band during the time when we
Lumbee Indians were going through
our worst oppression (Evans 1971:v)."
Evans wrote that Henry "had made
it imprudent for men who had property
and white skin to speak in any
disrespectful way of himself or his
followers." Evans went on to say that
Henry's "talent for acting out ideas
had considerable importance.... It
seems doubtful whether, with a river
of ink, Radical newspaper editors
could have challenged the social
distinctions that the Conservatives
were laboring to perpetuate any more
sharply than Henry Berry did when he
led a band of armed men, black, white,
and brown, into a plantation dining
room, where they sat with calm
dignity while their proud enemy
cooked breakfast for them, and while
the militia combed distant swamps
searching for them (Evans 1971:24344)."
This is obviously a view of
Henry which is quite different from
the opinion expressed earlier by
Norment and Triplett.
In 1973 Adolph Dial and David
El lades would write that Henry: "was
known as the King of Scuflletown.
While the name meant lawlessness
and terror to the while community, it
meant more truly a man who fought
oppression, to the Indians. The 'King*
became a folk hero to his people, a
symbol of pride and manhood (Dial
and Eliades 1975:86)."
Dial would write in poetical form:
"Henry Berry Lowrie where are you?
Sleeping in an unknown grave. Does
the grass grow above your breast, or
do dark waters flow with secret sounds
through your bones that will confuse
mankind until the end of time? From
everlasting to everlasting you are the
hero of a people. Keep your secrets as
you sleep ? that is part of your
greatness (Dial andEliades 1975:42)."
Also written in the 1970s,
Randolph Umberger's play Strike At
The Wind! forever immortalized the
legendary romantic and heroic vie w of
Henry. Here Henry appears as an
entirely good historical character, one
who says: "Tell them we did not what
we ought to have done but what we
were able." In the course of time
Henry would be referred to as a rebel
with a cause (Cooper 1983), and would
be listed in Who Was Who in Native
American History (Waldman 1990).
Who was Henry Berry Lowrie
really? Why did perceptions of him
change through time? The answer just
might depend on when you ask the
For more information, visit the
Native American Resource Center in
historic Old Main Building, on the
campus of The University of North
Carolina at Pembroke.
Robeson Native Receives National
Institutes of Health Grant to Study
Health of Native Americans in State
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Dr Ronny Bell. Research Assistant
Professor at Wake Forest University
School of Medicine, has received a one
>car. $50,000 grant to study the health
of Native Americans in North Carolina
This grant will be used to
supplement on-going work by Dr: Bell
among Luntbcc Indians in Robeson
County "This is exciting news for me.
and hopefully, for Native Americans
across the stale, "said Bell:
The study involves conducting 2030
minute telephone surveys in three
Native American communities across
the state The survey includes information
on chronic diseases such as
diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer,
and heart disease, as well as diet and
life-style behav iors that increase risk
of developing disease The sites for t he
study have not been selected yet. according
to Bell, but will selection ol
those sites for the study hav e not beer
selected yet, according to Bell, but
will selection of those sites will involve
input from the North Carolina
Commission on Indian Affairs
To date. Dr Bell has complete
about 200 surveys in a preliminary
study among Lumbccs in Robeson
County "We have had a great re- .
sponsc to the survey that is currently
being done." said Bell. Local Lumbcc
interviewers arc conducting the surveys
which may help survey
respondents feel more comfortable
answering questions. "1 feel very
the survey is important to the
acceptance of such a project as this
For some people, getting a phone call
I at home is an inv asion of privacy. so
hearing a familiar v oicc on the other
end or the phone can be a great ad\ milage
" said Bell i
i Bell hopes that the information
collected in his projects will benefit
Native Americans across the state
"Wc don't know a whole lot about the
health of Native Americans in North
Carolina, except for the information
wc get from mortality figures What
this study will do is help gather information
on diseases and risk factors for
diseases that will intimately lcacUto
prevention programs spccilu: to Native
Bell is currently on the faculty in
the Department of Public Health Science
at Wake Forest University School
of Medicine He is a Lumbee from
Pembroke. North Carolina. He and
his wife. Natalie, live in Greensboro
with their three children. Stephen.
Benjamin and Jonathan. Dr Bell is
also working on two other research
projects in Robeson County. the Rural
Nutrition and Health Study (RUN)
and the Robeson Outreach. Screening.
and Education (ROSE) Project.
Or Hussein's a liar, folk
I (Note: Some folk apparently
were offended by some remarks
in a recent column about me
being separated from wife #3.
Vail need to bear in mind the old
saying about believing only half of
what you read. Sometimes, I like
to poke fun at life in general, folk.
And I oftentimes use satire,
humor, or anything ebe imaginable
(and some things not) to do
so. So read these columns in the
light-hearted spirit in which they
are written, folk. Remember that
the views and sentiments
expressed herein are mine, not
necessarily shared by anyone else.
Heck I They're not necessarily my
views and sentiments - just my
Mpersonal "rantings and ravings.")
~~~~~~~~~~~Back in February of this year,
President "Sad-damn" Hussein of Iraq ceased cooperation between
his country and the UN weapons inspectors stationed there as a term
of his surrender during the Persian Gulf War.
After the US spent $1 billion of our taxpayer money building up a
military presence in the area, Hussein once again caved in at the last
minute and promised full cooperation with the UN weapons inspectors.
And yet another military attack on his country was averted.
Since then, the insane Hussein has impeded the work of the
weapons inspectors so much, they have only been allowed to inspect
Iraq s weapons four months out of the last 12.
Still, with Hussein's proven track record of lying, last weekend
President Clinton once again believed the crafty liar at the last minute
and halted the impending attack from US and British forces. And
once again, this occured after the US spent more than another $1 billion
of our taxpayer money to prepare for the ever-elusive attack.
Folk, I don't know much. But I know someone doesn't have to
tell but one lie to earn the dubious distinction of being labeled a liar.
Wonder how many times Hussein will have to lie at the last minute
to avert an attack, and how much more money will have to be wasted
preparing for an attack that never materializes because Hussein
backs down at the last minute, before Hussein will be recognized as
the liar he really is?
The entire spectacle would be funny if it wasn't so serious. It
reminds me of the phenomenon whereby a cat oftentimes plays with
a mouse before ultimately killing it. Only this time, the mouse
(Hussein), plays with the cat (the US).
The fact is that if they could, a lot of the dictators of these little
rinky-dinky countries like Iraq and Iran would blow the US off the
face of the earth if they had die capability and opportunity. And if
allowed to acquire the capability, President "Sad-damn" Hussein
would become our most deadly and fiercest enemy and wouldn't stop
until he found the opportunity to destroy us. So, the work of the UN
weapons inspectors in Iraq is crucial to the safety and survival of this
country in particular, and world peace in general.
Hussein is a madman. And he shouldn't be handled with kid gloves
like Clinton continues to do by halting attacks on Iraq each and every
time Hussein capitulates at the last minute to avert a tragedy.
Too, Clinton talked about supporting opposition groups in Iraq
wishing to overthrow the Hussein government. But every time he
allows Hussein to toy with him, Husseins emerges from the confrontation
as the hero in his people's eyes. And he gains a little more
credibility and respect, no matter how begrudgingly, in the eyes of
the rest of the world.
There are certain things in the Universe one doesn't do, folk. And
if you're a mouse, like Hussein, one of them is you don't toy with
the mightiest cat (the US) in the world. The next time Hussein ceases
cooperation with the UN weapons inspectors, the US needs to
either go over there (which would cost another $1 billion or so) and
declare a full-scale war on Iraq which could only end by the overthrow
of Hussein's government, or leave them alone altogether. Even
if we have to do it without the blessings of our allies.
The mistake folk have made in the past has been trying to reason
with "Sad-damn" Hussein. And any right-thinking person ought to
know you can't reason with a madman.
?^Jf we're not serious about dealing decisively with- the threat to
world peace Hussein poses, we ought to start attacking other world
problems such as. hunger.
The billions of dollars Clinton's administration has already wasted
flexing our US military muscles in the Persian Gulf could have
bought enough rice to significantly help alleviate world hunger.
We need to show Hussein that recess time and the playing of
games is over with. It's now time to return to the classroom so we
can teach him what "the consequences of one's actions" really means.
We need to wake up and smell the crude oil, folk. The truth of the
matter is that no matter how tragic it might be if we are ultimately
forced to attack Iraq, it would be a tragedy of Hussein's own making.
We'll talk again folk.
Garry Lewis Barton
Confernce of the
The 20th Anniversary conference
of the American Indian Science and
Engineering Society (AISES) will be
held December 3-5,1998 at the Colorado
Convention Center, Denver* The
mission of AISES, a private, nonprofit
corporation, is "Building community
by bridging traditional Native
values with science and technology
"The American Indian College and
university students, professors. K-12
instructors, and professionals will be
present to encourage, nurture and celebrate
American Indian participation
in the sciences and engineering.
Stephen Covey, founder of The
Covey Leadership Center and author
of the best-seller "The Seven Habits of
Highly Effective People, "will keynote
theOpening Ceremony. For more
than 25 years, Dr Covey has taught
millions of people in business, government
and education the transforming
power of principles rooted in natural
laws that govern human and orgaui/ational
Invited guests include U.S. Senator
Ben Nighthorsc Campbell. NASA
Astronaut John Hcrringlon and Bill
Ycllowlail. regional director of the
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency Other speakers. 36 work
shops, educational sessions and exhibits
will address topics that include
Indian leadership, Indian entrepreneurship.
natural resource management,
and research and work opportunities.
AISES Scholarship recipients,
sponsors and donors will be recognized
at the Traditional Honors Banquet
This year AISES will award
$600,000 in scholarships to undergraduate
and graduate college and
university students. Other conference
highlights include the Annual Career
Fair, a pre-confcrencc teacher education
day and Annual Pow Wow. Conference
sponsors include 3M. Amoco.
IBM. Sandia National Labs and US
For more information contact:
George Thomas. Conference Coordinator
American Indian Science and Engineering
5661 Airport Boulevard
Boulder. CO. 80301-2239
Telephone: 303-939-0023. extension
AISES wcbsitc www.aiscs org
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