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Volume 21 Number 21 Thurulay, May 2i, 1994 23c Ptr |
News Briefs _____
Lowry-Townsend wins NCAE
Election For Third Term
Rose Nfcrie Lowry-Townsend.
current president ofthe North Carolina
Association of Educators (NCAEl.
has won a third term as the
Assoclation 'stop elected official. She
defeated Eddie Davis, III, a Durham
teacher who serves on the State Board
of Education. NCAE's Board of
Directors and the Board of National
Education Association (NEA)
NCAE's parent organization
Lowry-Townsend led the voting in
the annual statewide election, getting
15,194 votes to 9,349 for Davis. She
will succeed Cecil Banks, beginning
her third term on July 1,1995. Lowry
Townsend will complete her second
term as NC AE President at the end of
June and will serve as NCAE vice
president-president-elect from July I,
1994 to June 30, 1995
In other statewide races for NCAE
NEA offices, Harold Phipps, an Ashe
County teacher, was elected to the
NEA Board of Directors. He was
serving as interim NEA Director in
the seat vacated by Karen Garr, now
Governor Hunt's teacher advisor.
Phipps will serve for two years in this
post and automatically gets a seat on
the NCAE Board.
A runoff election will be held on
May 24 between John Ferguson and
Rebecca Lewis banks for a three year
term on the NEA Board. Ferguson is
a Surry County teacher and Banks
works in the State Department of
Public Instruction. Banks is seeking a
second term in this position. Ferguson
is currently on the NCAE Board of
Six new members from districts
across the state were elected to the
NCAE Board for three-year terms
beginning July 1.
The District I seat (Buncombe.
Cherokee. Clay, Graham. Henderson.
Haywood. Jackson, Macon, Madison.
Polk, Swaia, Transylvania, and
Yancey Counties) went to Tom
Stewart, a teacher at Smoky Mountain
High School in Jackson County.
Stewart was unopposed for die seat.
Helen Heavner, a former member
of the NCAE Board, will represent
District 2 (Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln,
McDowell and Rutherford Counties.)
She is an English teacher at West
Lincoln High School in Lincoln
County. Heavner was unopposed.
The District 3 seat (Alexander,
Ashe, Ave?, Burke, Caldwell,
Catawba, Mitchell, and Watauga
Counties) will be filled by Marilyn
Futrelle, a teacher at Viewmont
Elementary School in Catawba
County. She was unopposed.
Robert P. Hartsell, Jr. won a two
way race in District 4 (Alleghany,
Davie, Iredell, Rowan, Surry, Wilkes
and Yadkin Counties). A system-wide
social worker for the Davie County
schools, Hartsell was victorious over
John Hoffman, a fourth grade teacher
at Isenberg Elementary in Rowan
In the uncontested race in District
7, Etta Blaney will represent Guilford
and Rockingham Counties. She is a
third grade teacher at New Vision
Intermediate School in Rockingham.
William F. (Bill) Mann was the
winner over two contenders in District
8 (Anson, Chatham, Harnett, Hoke,
Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond,
and Scotland Counties). Mann is a
fifth grade teacher at J.R. Ingram
Elementary in Lee County. He was
victor over Gloria McKenzie of
Scouana'County ana Vickie wiuuns
of Lee County.
In addition, NCAE local and district
officers for the 1994-95 school year
were elected, as well as delegates to
the annual NEA convention winch
will be held in New Orleans in July.
Buffaloe to Attend
Kenny Buffalo*, the North
Carolina Representative of the
International Kyokushin-Kai Karate
Organization. ,g scheduled to do
several action packed demonstrations
at the Pembroke Karate Warrior's
"Annual Open Karate Tournament"
on Saturday. June 4th Bufftkx will
demonstrate the power, spirit, and
technique of the practical Kyokuahin
Kaistyle of Karate
Kenny Buffalo* started his Karate
training at the age of 5 under world
famous Karate Master Mas. Ovinia of
Japan. He has over 20 yean training
and r xpenence and runs karate sc hoots
in 5 towMBNcathemt NcrthCwotiaa
two time recipient of *e state's
?Governor's Awaai" fcrprodmtioeel
excellence in Kmate He has also
been featured ia leading Marnal Arts
-1"*? TV tafc shows, action
videos rod 3 Ihatute movies
( Rtfnwedfrom the Charlotte Observer, Thursday, Mm 2b, 1994 J
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By JOHN MONK
Otmrm Wm>*iytuii Burmu
WASHINGTON - Efforts by the
Lumbee Indians to get Congress to
award them federal tribal status
received a big boost Wednesday
when Sen. Lauch Faircloth, R-N.C.,
revealed he would back the Lum
"I'll vote for them," Faircloth
told The Charlotte Observer.
This is the first time Faircloth
has made a public statement sup
porting the Lumbees' effort.
If the 40,000 Lumbees, many of
whom live in Eastern North Caro
lina, get tribal recognition, they
would be the fourth-largest Indian
tribe in the nation. The Lumbees
also would be eligible for millions
of dollars in benefits that come
with federal recognition.
Faircloth, a longtime foe of new
federal spending, said he's backing
the bill because it doesn't give the
Lumbees any money.
However, passage of the current
bill would allow the Lumbees to
apply for benefits. And since Con
gress is controlled by Democrats,
and the Lumbees usually vote
heavily Democratic, they are al
most certain to get federal money
once they get federal tribal recog
Faircloth said he'll vote against
any bill giving money to the Lum
Faircloth's endorsement of the
Lumbee position was a setback for
fellow Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.
For years. Helms has worked
behind the scenes to defeat the
Lumbees' bid to win quick con
gressional approval of tribal status,
Helms declined comment this
week on Faircloth's new position.
In the past. Helms has supported
a slower method: He wants the
Lumbees to get tribal recognition
through an in
under the De
partment of In
that was lust
of killing the
since the de
pertinent haa tow me Lumbees H
doesn't warn to grant them tribal
SoThe Lumbees haw turned t(
Congress, %rfrich also has the
power to grant tribal recognition.
In 1991, the House paaaed a
Lumbee recognition bill.
The bill then went to the 100
meraber Senate, where ordinarily
one senator can't stall a bill indefi
But in February 1992, in a vote
over the Lumbee bill, Helms was
able to quietly persuade most Re
publicans to threaten a filibuster
The Democrats fell just two votes
shy of getting the 60 votes neces
sary to break the filibuster.
That year, a key Lumbee sup
porter was former Sen. Terry San
ford, an N.C. Democrat.
In late 1992, when Faircloth
beat Sanford, many people
thought the Lumbees' chances of
winning would be even worse.
Faircloth. a conservative Republi
can, usually votes with Helms.
But Lumbee supporters began
lobbying Faircloth. They also per
suaded the House to pass a new
Lumbee bill last October. Faircloth
is backing that bill.
Faircloth said people shouldn't
think he always follows Helms.
"Contrary to what the press is
determined to believe, rarely do
... Sen. Helms and I discuss
legislation." Faircloth said.
haircloth's decision may just
"free it up," said Sen. Daniel
Inouye, chairman of the Senate
Indian Affairs Committee, said he
will bring the bill to the Senate
floor in June.
The battle could be furious.
Critics say the Lumbees do not
deserve federal recognition be
cause they cannot prove they are
all descendants of the same tribe
Lumbees say much of their Indian
identity and language was lost
because they were oppressed by
white settlers during the 1800s.
People involved in the struggle
predict that Helms might finallybe
forced to make speeches on the
Senate floor against the Lumbees.
Senators representing other tribes
may vote against the Lumbees.
because to recognise the Lumbees
aright mean that other tribes get
lees federal money.
Lumbee lobbyist and tribal
member Artinda Cochlear said she
had met many times with Faircloth
to try to persuade him to vote lor
the Lumbee*. ?
I We would be absohrtsiy de
lighted to have hie support the
Local Teacher Has Short
Story "Faces" Published
by Yvonne Barnes Dial
An expression of Indian an.
literature, and pride has erupted and
people are grasping out in sharing
their talents. Public Schools of
Robeson County; English Teacher at
PSHS, Julia Russell, has been selected
to share her short story in a Native
American anthology that has been
The book, Earth Song. Sky Spirit,
edited by Clifford Trafeer. is a
collection of short stories of
contemporary Native American
experiences Mrs. Russell'sshortstory
entitled "Faces" it about the cultural
and family heritages that help make
us who and what we ate The author
said. "It is also about the complexities
of family relationships"
Mrs. Russell graduated from
Pembroke High School in 1963 and
received a BS degree at Radford
University of Virginia in 1967 and a
MA degree at Bread Loaf School of
English at Mirhtloalxirn College hi
Vermont in I9S6. She hat alaobeen
selected as PSHS's English
she had ' het internships with
National Endowment for the Alto in
the early 1970's and throng Earth
Son, Sky Spirit, aha won an award in
the area of mufti culturmlism for 1993.
Her apeciai interests including
reading, especially Latin American
literature, anting fiction, watching
foreign films, and ? being a
grandmotherShe enjoys teaching and
working with teenagers
^Having the^U^^ vteshar^
with all sincerity quote that "No one
can tail another person story whh at
much accuracy as the individual
himaaifor herself tfNai. w Americans
want other to know who ws sne and
what we be he ve, then we must be the
ones to tell them
Tl?ebook.scopynght date is Augua
1993 sad was published by Doahtaday
in New York and London.
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Carta ft Redemption. A Southern
Gospel Group baaed In Lumberton.
NC nave been singing together, aa a
group, for about four yean but the
members are no strangers to Southern
Gospel Musk. Some of them have
traveled foil tiate in Gospel Music in
Recent years. The group consists of 5
members. Helen Oxendtne. Sings Alto
and Handles the booking for the group
Helen has been sinking for many yean
and is very excited about what God
has done in their ministry in the past
and even more excited about what the
future holds. The first ever national
release for the group will be coming
out mid March from Brioo and Terry
Hudson on the Heritage Co The song
is entitled "Glowing In Grace " it was
written by group member Carta
Oxendtne. who in addition to song
writing, sings lead/soprano for the
group and plays keyboards
Carta is also a pJ on WSTS radio
100 9 FM in Fabmant, NC. The station
plays all Southern Gospel 24 boun a
day Carta coven the afternoon drive
time. Rounding out the group vocals
ate Randy Sullivan and Earl Moods
Randy, alio an evangelist, has been
with Carta and the Redemption for
almost 2 yean. He eqjoys driving the
bus. singing Baritone vocals and doing
most of tt*?Mjfworfc for the group
Earl Monds,i$ung man from Erwtn.
NC ring* the bam vocals and plays
drums, la addition to. drl vine the bus.
Both of these young menreaJIv inspire
testimonies, of Gods Ability to save
sad deliver. A young man from
Pern hi oke, NC Mike Manuel, finishes
out the group Mike has also been with
the group for almost 2 years and He
really does a fine job playing boas
guitar and keeping everyone's sense
of humor in tact daring some of their
long hours cm the road Mike has been
named "Mr Positive"by Ihn because
of wonderftil mile
God has really blessed Carta and
Redemption over the past fcw years
We have witnessed many souls being
blessed and coming to know the Lord
as number one in their lives. We
ministered on over 170 dales last year
In various parts of the country and we
are excited about our new single and
the new areas foil we will gal to
minister in as a result of it Wear* also
very excited hbout our 4th aaoiversarv
weekend coming up lune 3rd and 4ii
at Lumbertoo Senior High School
God Bleat you and Please remember
to Pray for our ministry