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editorial
AND OPINION
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Put it before them briefly so they
will read it, clearly so they will
appreciate it, picturesquely so they
will remember it, and, above all,
accurately so they will be guided by
its lights.
Educational Views
By Dr. Dniron Dro^l^s
Thursday, July 29, 1976
reminiscing
by l.ew Barton
ADVICE IS WELCOME...
BUT...
I recently received a long,
rambling letter from an admir
er (sic) telling me, as he sees
it, what is good and bad and
right and wrong with the
Carolina Indian Voice. ! have
read the letter carefully, I have
thought judiciously about it,
and I am ready to respond.
In the first place, I try to
confine my personal feelings
to the editorial page. The page
on which my column appears
is clearly marked “Editorial &
Opinion Page” for a very
elementary reason—matter on
the "Editorial and Opinion
Page” is editorial in nature
and decidedly opinion—mine
and the readers and occasional
correspondents.
1 believe firmly that a Letter
to the Editor is better than the
negative feedback of a shotgun
blast. People need to talk to
one another—via letters to the
editor, manly comment, face
to face, or any other medium
devised whereby people can
unload their frustrations, talk
out their differences, learn
from one another, and get it
off their chest. It’s good and
healthy and cathargic in na
ture to say what is on your
mind without the crew cuts
and conservatives and other
sick birds shooting or cutting
you,, to death. People have a
right to be heard, even if they
are as wrong as Magellen
headed in the wrong direction
and toward the wrong con
tinent.
The grass roots Indian has for
too long left his fortunes to
certain Indian political brokers
in our midst. 1 believe in the
one man-one vote concept. 1
believe everyone has a right to
be heard. The Indian power
broker always went to Lum-
berton (or whereever Indian
power brokers go) and did
what was best for him in the
guise of doing what is best for
the Indian people. That is
wrong and dangerous. It won’t
work any longer. Indian people
(like people all over America)
are deciding their own desti
nies by voting and expressing
themselves as they see fit.
The Robesonlan (the daily
newspaper quartered in Lum-
berton) probably has never
had to contend with the ava-
■ lanche of criticism constantly
cascading on the less than
sturdy shoulders of this staff
short and doliar short editor. 1
suspect that no Indian has ever
written a seven page letter to
the editor of the Robesonlan
detailing mistakes and or
plaudits of a job well done. I
see the ugly head of condes
cension rearing on the printed
page. And condescension is as
evil as a public lynching of, as
some folks like to say, a
nigger.
The letter says in part...
“It seems that we have
reached the point that a
different kind of call should
pour forth from the Voice...
“The Carolina Indian Voice,
since Its inception, under your
leadership, has been contro
versial. You have spoken out
about racial Injustices. Yon
have dealt with current affairs.
You have written of things
happening today involving ra
cial injustices, citing facts and
circumstances, and above aU,
naming names.
“Others of our people, who
have had the same goals and
objectives as you have, on
occasions, in their conversa
tions with me, expressed
strong opinions that you have
been too open, public, and
repetitive about It all.
“Your goals have been the
same, but they have disagreed
with yon on your methods.
“You have run rampant with
your methods. You have been
as racial and as biased in
expressing your viewpoint
through the written word for a
couple of years, as the other
side had done for many
generations, and they went
unchallenged, locally, for all
those years.
“When I was told, as I have
been told on many occasions,
‘My God, , Bruce Is going
too far’, I would plead, ‘please
support him, he is saying
things for the Indian commun
ity that ought to be said. 1
thank God his paper exists. It
most exist, support It, fellows,
above everything else, right
now, we need that voice’.’’
I can only respond that I have
done the very best that I am
capable of doing, considering
the lack of cash flow and staff.
And I will continue to give the
best that is in me to my task.
Also, I find it strange that my
correspondent is worried
about my small voice although
I have been publishing for less
than four years when you
consider that the correspond
ent mentioned that “the view
point of the other side as
THE CAROLINA INDIAN VOICE
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uod, gram me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Murage to change (he things i cant and the wisdom to know the
difference.
expressed via the written word
went unchallenged for many
generations...” But 1 am too
loud, too bone jarring, too
vocal, etc. etc. etc. No. my
friend, I need a louder voice. I
need more literary muscle. 1
need literary vocal cords that
can be heard the length and
breath of Robeson County.
No one can know where they
are going unless they know
emphatically where they have
been. I did not create our
history. I did not scar a single
Indian psyche. 1 am, you might
say, the SCAREE. I carry the
wounds of the past. I cannot
forget, nor do I wish to forget.
“Going too far?” My friend, I
have not gone far enough. I
have not informed the people
sufficiently so that they (not
you or I) can make a reasona
ble decision at election time.
My only concern is that I
express myself without bitter
ness, without resentment,
without hate. 1 measure every
thing I write against that
yardstick. If I am resentful, if 1
am bitter, if I am hate-filled, I
do not write my opinion, I do
not express myself. I remove
all vestiges of hate and bitter
ness and resentment before I
speak. If I can say what is on
my mind without negative
feelings, I will do so empha
tically.
The letter goes on and on.
And 1 read each word. 1
learned from the letter. I
listened to what it had to say.
It said, in essence, that I
should change the tone of the
voice of the Carolina Indian
Voice because things have
changed. It said that 1 should
take the strident tones out, 1
should cease my ravings. I
agree that stridency is not the
desired modulation.
Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Would a correspondent write
a letter of critique to the
Robesonlan and inclose copies
to Furman Biggs, Hector
McLean, W. Earl Britt, Clif
ford Bullard, etc. etc. etc as
my correspondent did in in
closing copies to Horace Lock
lear, Henry Ward Oxendine,
Adolph Dial, Bruce Jones,
Ken Maynor, Rev. James H.
Woods, Dexter Brooks, Pur
nell Swett, Earl Hughes Oxen
dine. Herman Dial, Bobby
Dean Locklear, John Robert
Jones, Curt Locklear and Janie
Maynor Locklear? Think about
it.
I will quit my “ravings”
when Robeson County is no
longer under the 1964 Civil
Rights Act for tampering with
the voting rights of Indians
and Blacks. I will cease my
ravings when school district
lines do not meander in a
racist route. I will clam up
when Indians and Blacks are
equitably represented in every
facet of economic, political and
social life in Robeson County. I
will shut up forthwith when I
see an Indian sheriff here
and a Black judge there.
Six school systems are as evil
and racist as three bath rooms.
How about an Indian super
intendent? How about a Black
commissioner and more Indi
ans?
As long as condescension
exists, as long as people are
transgressed against because
of the color of their skins I will
scream to the high heavens, 1
will shout it from the roof tops,
and the Carolina Indian Voice
will continue in a shrill voice.
The correspondent concludes
his letter with this p.s. “Good
God Almighty, may the Caro
lina Indian Voice live for a
thoDsand years!*’
It is good to talk to a friend.
THE CAROLINA
INDIAN VOICE
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5 cents each additional word
I would like to recommend
that all Teachers, Teacher
Aides, Police, Civil Defense,
Firemen and Resque Squad
take the Emergency Medical
Technical Course to be taught
at Pembroke Senior High
School. The Course will begin
August 3. 1976, at 7:00 p.m.
on Tuesday and Thursday
nights.
If you are interested in
enrolling in this Course,
please call the Pembroke
Police Department for further
information.
The Town Council, on July 8.
1976, added four new mem-
INDIAN PEOPLE
ALONG THE LINES OF
SELF-DETERMINATION
by H.G. Dial
TRAIL OF
SELF-DETERMINATION
We the people from the
different Indian nations across
the United States are once
again moving across the coun
try to Washington, D. C.
In view of all the problems
facing Indian people within the
country:
1. The average life expectancy
of an Indian man is 44 years.
2. Indian people lead the
nation in suicide rates and
alcoholism.
3. The national average family
income for an Indian family
per year is $1500 to $2000
below poverty level.
4. The highest infant mortality
rate, one out of every four
Indian infant dies.
5. High numbers of Indians
are in prisons.
6. Inadequate housing, high
unemployment, poor educa
tional programs, disease.
We. the Indian people do
not feel benefits from which
the Bureau of Indian Affairs
was established for: to protect
the people and their property.
Also, to be there if Indian
people ever need them to
assist along the lines of self-
determination.
We have presented a 20
point solution to the White
House and President Ford
which woud resolve the prob
lems nowfaced by Indian
people in fte United States.
We the ndian people have
asked for tie right to be self-
governing and to control our
own destim.
We havegained unity across
the countryfrom reservation to
reservation,from city to city in
support of our solution papers
to the President from Gover
nors, Mayors, and the most
important people of all, the
people who are continually
suffering under the present
Beauacratic Governmental
Structure.
The people united will never
be defeated for it is for our
children that we strive to
better the conditions so they
won't have to suffer as we
have.
We urgently ask the Indian
people of the Carolinas to
unite and support the Trail of
Self- Determination.
We are organizing a march
on the White House on July 31
in support of the Trail of Self-
Determination and the 20
point solution papers. Anyone
interested in attending please
contact Bill Sargeant at 521-
4046.
Gas money and meals are
provided there and back.
PREVENT FAILURE
BY BEING HONEST
Honesty is a subject that
borders on morality, and some
schools feel that it's a subject
for another institution. Moral
ity is an emotional problem
that causes controversy. How
ever, I believe that certain
moral values can be taught in
school if restricted to princi
ples about which there is
essentially no disagreement in
our society. Simply stated,
most people believe that lying,
cheating, and stealing are not
acceptable for our children and
that they lay the foundation for
failure for many kids.
Most children will lie be
cause they are afraid of
punishment, especially corpo
ral punishment. They feel that
the adult world makes all
decisions, establishes all laws
and regulations, and demands
that children conform. One girl
suggested that if she told the
truth, her whole world would
collapse. She was saying that
students have little confidence
in the adult world to provide
moral leadership. And when
punished they felt that they
had paid for lying, now they
could be free to He again.
Children would like to rely
on truth but how would they
escape punishment? Children
learn at a very early age that
they exist in two worlds- the
real, the pretense. The world
of pretense forces them to
siaui, lie anu cuua., .luiug
whatever is necessary to ad
just to the real world. In this
situation, most children state
thal they arc unhappy and
dissatisfied.
Many minority children suf
fer much from the double
standard that they see. Not
only is the real and pretense
world out there, but also the
problems of culture, enviror-
ment and tradition. Such con
ditions force that child to build
mechanisms just for survival,
In many cases, survival means
dropping out of school. And. in
terms of the American culture,
that spells failure.
CONCLUSION
I believe that morality is a
responsiblity of the schools,
not just a part of the home and
church. To combat morality in
schools, a non threatening and
non- punitive environment
should be established. It is
important to children that they
commit themselves to truth. If
children can’t experience the
value of truth in the adult
world, truth will have no
meaning to them. Teachers,
principals, superintendents
and others in authority should
be examples of that truth,
Remembering that the minor
ity child sees with many eyes,
much has to be done to win
their confidence and trust to
prevent failure.
I refuse to live in an immoral
world. How about you?
bers to the Recreation boaru.
They are: Rudy Locklear,
Union Chapel; Randeil Jones,
Union Elementary: Wade
Hunt, Pembroke Elementary:
and Charlene Dimery, Deep
Branch. This will give a
Representative from all four
feeder schools.
Get your Henry Berry Lowry,
and Old Main,souvenir coins
while they last from the
Lumbee Bank, and First Union
National Bank.
Our Fire Chief, Ray Hunt, is
now our Building and Electri
cal Inspector.
According ro Scriprure
What I'm going to write or
say this week may raise your
hair or get you upset. But if
you love Christ and are rooted
in the word and able to stand,
this will help you stand even
stronger. It is the word of God.
John said, “The same was in
the beginning with God.”
John 1:2
Psalms 127:1 “Except the
Lord build the house, they
labor in vain that build it;
except the Lord keep the city,
the watchman waketh but in
vain.”
You parents should take
heed of God’s word. You can’t
have a home unless it is built
by God. You are going to be
held accountable to God for
the home you raise your
children in. Jeremiah 2:33
said, "Thou hast also taught
the wicked thy ways.” David
said in Psalms 127:3, ”Lo,
children are an heritage from
the Lord: and the fruit of the
womb is his reward.” You see,
the watchman you had over
your home woke, but it was in
vain, for sin had already
entered in.
In the same chapter, the
second verse it goes on to say:
“It is in vain for you to rise up
early, to sit up late, to eat the
bread of sorrow.” You see. it’s
too late to worry now, You
have let Satan enter in and he
is sent forth to destroy your
home and children,
Today children are at liberty
to do as they please. You can
see them any hour of the night
on the streets. You that are
young and beginning or plan
ning a family can bypass these
sorrows. In Proverbs 22:6 it
says "To train up a child in the
way he should go, and when
he is old he will not depart
from it.” Take you children to
church. Don’t send them and
when they get whgre they
don’t mind, verse 5 said,
"Foolishness is bound in the
heart of a child.” The word
here tells us that they are
going to be disobedient, but
it is foolishness. The verse
goes on to say the rod of
correction shall drive it far
from him. Parents the only
thing that will destroy is Satan
with his enticing word. He
conics around with words so
big and fancy no one is able to
understand. For instance,
when a young girl gets in
trouble and needs help, love
and understanding, he comes
up with the word abortion. In
my understanding and yours it
means to kill or destroy, Satan
tells how easy it is and that it
only takes a little while and no
one will know and nothing has
been done wrong, But he’s a
liar. The act of murder has
been committed and he failed
to tel! you of a God who has an
all seeing eye. Proverbs 15:3
says, “The eye of the Lord are
in every place, beholding the
evil and the good.”
One day we shcil stand
before him to be junged of our
unrighteousness. Listen, this
is nothing new with Satan. He
tried this way back. Det. 1:18
When Goj was preparing
deliveraace for the children of
Israel. Satan entered in the
he?i-i of the king of Egypt and
laid, “Behold, the people of
the children of Israel are more
an mightier than we. Come, let
us deal wisely.” He tried all
things when that failed. He
told the midwives to the
Hebrew children to kill all
male children. But the Bible
says they would not because
they feared God. Moses was to
be a deliverer for his people.
But Satan wanted him killed.
Just like today. He got people
thinking there’s going to be a
shortage of food. We are going
to run out of this or that. He
knows the more children are
born, the more for Chirst and
the more to serve Jesus,
Thank God for you mothers
who raised a large family and
who is serving God through
Jesus. Times mav have been
hard, but God supplied your
needs and gave you his
heritage to raise up in the fear
of the Lord. And the Lord said,
"Happy is the man who's
quiver is full of them.”
Psalms 127:5. Not sad. but
happy!! Young people, there
is one who I can point vou to
who won’t lie, or let you be
burdened with more than you
are able to bear. His name is
Jesus. He said in John 10;!0
"1 am come that they might
have life, and have it more
abundantly. But the thief
cometh not but to kill and
steal." Verse 11 ‘"lam the
On July 17. 1976, with a
party of 17 interested fellow
Lumbees, 1 viewed for the first
time Randy Umburger’s Strike
at the Wind, an outdoor drama
which opened July 1 and will
close August 14. This play,
which purports to be the life
story of Lumbee guerilla war
rior Henry Berry Lowrie and
the Lumbee people, has alrea
dy become something of a
sacred cow in that 1, a holder
of the Henry Berry Lowry
Memorial Award and the
author of a highly-successful
historical book on the Lumbee
Indians, have been urged by
several Strike at the Wnd
affiliates not to find any fault
with the drama in print.
Contrarywise, however, a
number of other people ac
quainted with my literary and
historical credentials and what
ever ability I have, have
privately and sincerely asked
me for my frank opinion of the
play. My first reaction, now
that I’ve seen it for myself and
have stqdiously examined the
booklet describing it, is that
any literary or artistic work
which cannot stand up under
the review of a competent
literary critic, hardly deserves
the status,of a sacred cow.
Fortunately, 1 liked Strike at
the Wind for the most part,
although, like anyone else's
play, there is certainly room
for improvement in a number
of areas. William Shakespeare
hailed as the greatest play
wright of all times, certainly
recognized this about his
plays, corrected and improved
as the plays were being acted,
and this sensible and wise
application doubtless accounts
in large measure for his
unequaled success.
My honest impressions are
these:
—I am sorely offended by
what appears to be a footnore
at the bottom of the page of
the accompanying booklet
bearing the legend: The Henry
Berry Lowrie Story, It reads:
"David Eliades and fellow
Pembroke State University
Lumbee Indian Adolph Dial
are considered to be the
definitive historians of the
Lumbee people.”
By whom? And when did
David Eliades, a white PSU
history professor native to
another county become “a...
fellow Lumbee Indian? Defin
itive historians of the Lumbee
people?” There is no such
animal, and besides, as I have
. pointed out. Prof. Eliades is
not "of the Lumbee people.” I
myself am a Lumbee and I
believe that 1 have the right to
say, "If you are going to deal
with Lumbee history, which
after all is my history, too, for
God’s sake, keep your facts
straight.”
--1 think the character of
Henry Berry Lowrie is weak
ened and injustice done him
when the character portraying
him i.s made to say: “I’m going
out and rape me a white
woman,” Henry Berry Low-
rie’s bitterest white enemies,
when writing about him, al
most invariably pointed out
the opposite as to his charac
ter, Although white women
were understandably often in
his power, not one ever
accused him of insult or injury.
If I didn’t know my people and
were I not a studious resear
cher on Henry Berry Lowrie
myself, however, I might get
the idea from the play that
Lumbees are in the habit of
raping white women...which is
anything BUT the truth. 1
don’t like prejudice, even
uncon.scious prejudice, and 1
think this unfortunate, glar
ingly prejudiced statement
should be stricken. I felt that
way when 1 served on the
script committee of Strike at
the Wind, and I still feel that
way today,
••The character of Henry
Berry Lowrie fails to come
through strongly enough. In
the play, he is petulent, hot
headed and flighty. He emer
ges as he is seen through the
eyes of our local white people
at large, and I can assure you
after research stretching from
1947 that Henry Berry Lowrie
was not that way.
"The most authoritative book
on the Lumbee Indians, and
Henry Berry Lowrie is not the
Dial and Eliades book. The
Only Land I Know, but Willi
am McKee Evans’ To Die
Game, which, incidentally,
comes nearer to being defini
tive than both the Dial book
and drama put together.
--Now for what I did like.
The music...the acting..the
theatre...Carnell Locklear, in
particular...the play’s possi
bilities...the reasonable ad
mission fees., the seating ar
rangements...the wonderful
open air...the fact that our
people have roles in their
"own” drama...
But let’s rid the play of the
:prejudice, unconscious or
otherwise. Let’s not allow
anyone to cut our own throatS'
with our own instruments,
even if they are "nice” to a few
of us. We have already
suffered more from distortions
than any other people on the
face of the earth.
If someone wants me to
react like the character in
’’the Emperor’s Clothes.” I
am sorry but I just cannot
oblige. In this case, the
Emperor is not wearing his
birthday suit and nothing else.
But he’s certainly bare and
showing through in places.
good Shepard, the good Shep
ard giveth his life for the
sheep.”
This same shepherd Jesus .
satan tried to kill when he was
a baby in Matt. 2:13. "An
angel of the Lord appeareth
unto Joseph and said for him
to flee to Egypt for Herod will
seek to kill the young child
Jesus.”
It makes my heart leap with
joy when 1 know that my
Redeemer liveth and 1 know
that 1 abide in him and Jesus
in me. I don't listen to Satan or
his lies, for I believe in life, an
eternal life. Amen,
Yours in Christ,
Evangelist Ted Brooks
P. 0. Box 339
Pembroke, NC
Happy
Birthday!!
Hardie H. Bell celebrated his
fifty-first birthay on July 25th.
Approximately twenty-five
gnests helped the Saddletree
resident celebrate. Mr. Bell is
pictured enjoying a bountiful
dinner. Mrs. Nora Lee Hardin
furnished flowers for the occa
sion.
Pictured above from left to
light are: T. J. James [Wash
ington State], Ron White
Eagle [Wisconsin!, Banie Mo
ving Rock [British Columbia],
and Ron Buffalo [South Dako
ta). These membere of The
Trail of Self- Determination
have been on the road since
March and are bringing their
message to the Indian people
of North riirotina.
JACK’S FURNITURE
AND APPLIANCE COMPANY
305 West Third Street
Pembroke; NC
He********! (Across from FCX)************:
“It’s easy to pay Jack’s way”
    

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