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Braveboy-LockJear
Elected to North
Carolina
Humanities
: Council
^T^brt^motaa Humanities
will serve a three-vear term which
began October 1.
A state-baaed program of the
National Endowment for the
HumamttesfNEH), the North Carolina
Humanities Council, founded m 1972,
funds projects which use the insights
of the humanities to enable people to
listen, discuss, question, and critically
examine the human experience. The
Council is comprised or 23 members.
Five members are appointed by the
Governor of North Carolina
Ms. Braveboy-Locklear. a
8hag raduate of Pembroke State
Inivenity, is a freelance writer and a
consultant on American Indian
Studies. Until recently she was the
coordinator/curator of the Indian
Education Resource Center of the
Public Schools of Robeson County.
She has been active with the NC
Writers' Network where dw has served
on the Board of Directors and beeo a
major participant in bringing writing
to the public She has developed and
led numerous workshops for writers
across the stale. In addition to her
writing. Ms. Bravebov-LocUear is a
storyteller and keeper of Native
American myths and legends who
encourages others to tell and treasure
their own stories. 1
In defining the mission of NCHC
Ms Braveboy-Locklear says North
Carolinians live in a world defined by
more than geographical boundaries
The state's culture and heritage are
alive in the diversity of its traditions,
its people and places, its history and
art, its stories and music.
"As expressions of culture and
heritage, the humanities are all around
us, in our conventions, in the different
ways we see the world, ia the many
ways we shape our lives More than
expressing our lives, the humanities
offer us ways to ask our most
fundamental questions about tbe
meaning of what we say and do. about
who we are.
"Tire mission of tbe North
Carolina Humanities Council is to
bring Nortb Carolinians together to
make sense of this world we share, "
she adds.
flww above are: Mrs. Agnes Chmvis, Lumber, rectndy eppointeJ by A|
President to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education Shawn
with her is Supreme Justice Antaain Scabs
Agnes Chavis Appointed to
Board of National Advisory
The President has appointed Mrs
Agnes Chavis. Lumbee, to the
National Advisory Council on Indian
Education She formerly served as
Chair of the North Carolina
fonsortium on Indian Education and
nas served as Chair of the American
Indian/Alaska Native Caucus of the
National Education Association
NACIE was established bv the
Indian Education Act of 1971 By
law, the Council consists of 15
members who are appointed bv the
President The Council assists the
Secretary of Education in carrying
jut the responsibilities under the Indian
Education Act and to advise Congress
iud die Secretary with regard to
Federal education programs in which
Indian children sod adults participate.
of from which they can benefit
NACIE also provides technical
assistance to local and Indian
education agencies, institutions and
jrganizations. submits nominees to
the Secretary for the position of
Director of the Office of Indian
Education
Mrs Chavis was sworn in as a
member of NACIE in Washington.
DC on September 20tfa Supreme Court
luetice Scalia administered the oath
The appointment to the NaCIE
board addstoa long list of educational
organizations and boards that Mrs
Chavishas served on. She was hit fi?
Chairperson of the North Carolina
Consortium on Indian Education. For
several years she served both as
Chairperson of the Title V Indian
Education Committee for the Public
Schools of Robeson County, and the
National Education Association A
retired educator. Mrs Chavis also
serves as advisor to the Robeson
Association of Educators on the
special Cancer Awareness Project . She
has been recognized on several
occasions for her man v cantribut tons
She has received the Henrv Berrv
Lowrie Award, the highest award
given among her tribe; the National
Indian Education Award, and the
Creative Women Leadership Award,
presented by the National Education
Association, to name a few
Mrs Chavis isthe widow of George
Chavis. also a long tune educator in
the public school system Thev had
live children She is the daughter of
the late Gussie and Flowers Hunt of
Rowland. Mrs Chavis is alaoactive in
her church Berea Baptist, in
Pembroke
An Open Letter From
Attorney Arlinda Locklear
? ?V ' I
1 mud reputi to von the sad new s
that oar federal recognition bill Has
died for this session of Congress This
past Saturday. October 12. the United
States Senate adjourned without
having acted on our bill This means
that we must stan the whole legislative
process all over again for our bill to
become law
k Two weeks ago, 1 met with Senates
1 Inouye (Democrat from Hawaii).
Chainnan of dm Senate Committee
on Indian Affairs, to discuss the
projects for our bil Under the Senate
rales. a vote an a bill, even a vote tt
tasakafllibnatar. cannot tafce place
^conduct the rose undcrwhai^ u
thrwi^asSSosenaa of steps to hie
? rote an a bill, steps that can take
snywhsse foom fonr to eight dayt m
complete Because thorn was so note
Nbm loh in tfteeeetian. we had lo bs v <?
a thne agreement to condnct the rote
tcMtredk^tlw niibueter on our
As yqu know. Saunter Holme had
organized the filibuster on our bill
Senator Inouye advised me at our
meeting that he had asked Senator
Helms to enter into a time agreement
for the vote on the filibuster. Senator
Hebnsreftisedtodoso Senator Helms
there was too little time ^eSuSnhe
Msmon for our bill to get a vote on his
filibuster Senator Helms knew thai
his reftisal to enter into a time
agreement meant the death of our bill
for thi s session, la other words. Senator
lelmr succeeded in killing out hill
vithout even having to cast a vote to
do a
Senator Inouye also advised me at
forourWlj?r^^Cn^^ thSTC
bill a?sedaertai2n.Wedfocutnd
the khaty changes in As Senate as a
result of the upcoauay election
Senator Inouye indicated that. even
though tlv Republican* will certainlv
EebeLves that As Dunouian will
mil have *t amonty in dm Senate
Finally SenatorInouvf uvdicHcdthai
ifthe Democrats keep a maturity vole
in the Senate, he believes he can peas
the Lumber recognition bill in the
Senear next session of Congress I
advised Senator Inouye that I would
peas his recommendation along to the
Lumbee people
The newly elected tribe! council
recently authorized Chairman Dahun
Brooks to retain me as the tribal
attorney for toe purposes of contmumg
the work on the federal recognition
bill. I have asked to meet with
Chairman Brooks and the tribal
rnanril imimulimt ly after the election
to aaaeas prospects far fee bill nest
session and discuss strategy
This is certainly not the news I had'
hoped to report to you at the end of Bus
session of Connreas Bat we cannot
allow our selves to become
discouraged and lesson our efforts I
firmly believe fan! the Lumbee Tribe
Will be federally recognized one day
It is not a question of whether, but
only a question of when. It ig antral
to hasp fee effort alive and stron^ao
A Front Paae Editorial of thm Carolina tndifn Vole*
Laws and Attitudes in Conflict in
01' Robeson, or can Glenn
Maynor's Election as Sheriff blend
our Laws and Hearts?
This is the fourth in a series or editorials concerning
the stale of thints in CM' Robeson There is unbridled
opinion herein The Editors do not pretend otherwise
The Ism tells us the way we ought to act toward one
another, but our hearts, inany tunes, lead us astray In
(act. who can legislate the uncut of our collccttvc hearts,
banish racism and ill-will front our midst'* It reminds us
of a snatch of an old Hymn I hat cries out" what can wash
away my sin ' What can make me w hok again'* Nothing
but the blood of Jesus .." And that s the truth We can pass
a sack full oflawsbut. ifour hearts a re not in it. we'll resist
with lots of political posturing and name-calling It's
been that way. seemingly since time immemorial
in the beginning here along the Luntbcc. and in
America, the Declaration of independence stirred the
conscience of the world with its call for a country w here
all men arc created equal" In the same document.
Indians were labeled as "merciless Indian savages " Tliai
The Law and our hearts clashed llicn. and llicy vc been
dashrng ever smcc
Later the U S Const ilnliott in 17X7 gave America a
document to live by and later added a Bill of Rights in
1791. Yet that same document allowed slavery until
IM )X. and counted slaves as .V5ths of a person Blacks and
Women were denied the right to vote until IX70 and I920
respectively Indians'* They roccivcd the right to vote in
1924 by an executive order ofthe president ifthcy were
federally recognized Laws say one thing, but. in actuality.
mean something entirely different when energized by
man s lieart
Here in Robeson, the law and the intent of our hearts
liavcoAcn clashed In ease yon haven't heard. Pembroke
is overwhelmingly Indian, yet Pates Supply Company
and Ihrec White churches flourished there until very
recent times Even now . Pates Supplv is headquartered tit
Pembroke, and not one solitary Indian owns a sliarc of
stock in that august (sic) organization One of the White
churches, formerly Presbyterian, is now home to Palmer
Drug Abuse Program, for recovering drug addicts The
White Baptist church meets for preaching every oilier
Sunday vv hen the sparse congregation gat Iters to validate
its existence
Thai brings its to the story we promised y on last week
concerning the Wlutc church (then Calvary Methodist
Church but now disbanded) in Pembroke tliai gave itself
and the church building, to a church tu Liimbcrton
(Chestnut Street United Methodist Church), then turned
around and sold it to a Pembroke Indian businessman for
$60.(XK)
First Methodist Church (Predominately Indian) and
Calvary Methodist (All White) shared a Pastor for many
years in Pembroke It seemed like a Ministry of sorts.
altlKMigh the two churches never really shared any thing
more (nan the Wlutc pastor usually assigned litem Later
an Indian. Rev Jerry Lowrv. was assigned as Pastor to the
charge in Pembroke We dion t know if one had any thing
to do with the other, but shortly thereafter Calvary
Methodist Church disbanded, their membership (All
Wlutc) simply dwindled away. The handful of parishioners
transferred to Chestnut Street Untied Methodist Church
m Luinbcrton. and elsewhere and took their church w ilh
litem. Did they offer it to First Methodist'* Not to Our
Knowledge
Liltk was said about the lamcntabk slate of affairs
until Pcmbrokc t leaders later begun lo look around for a
possible site Tor a public library Ah here s formerly
Calvary Method** Church Match and forlorn And
empty In time. Dr JocOxcitdtnc PSU's Personable and
dynamic Chancellor. Dr Walt/ Mavnor. Then on PSU'i
faculty. and others, leda drive to secure a site for a public
library in Pembroke Dr. Mayttor and Dr Oxcndinc led a
delegation, including Mavor Milton Hunt and Town
Manager McDuffle Cuntmmgs. to a mocting wHh church
leaders at Chestnut St rod Unitod Methodist Church in
Lumbenon In the spirit of Christian fellow ship and civic
pride. Dr Maynor. and his party , asked Chestnut Street
l micd Methodist Church to donate the former cluirch as
a site for a proposed public library in PcMbrahc Chestnut
Street United Mcthodi* Church said "NOT' In turn. they
put tltc church on the market and Inter sold it to it
Pembroke businessman for SAU.tMMi The facility is once
igum being used as a church. New Life Tabernacle
l^mbrtjp^stUiu^out
^ornSHc thai the hue Mrt'foSrilcCoSSife
married to outgoing shefHTHubeft Stone), an astute White
business woman, was in the process of dooming a tract of
land she ow ncd in Pembroke for a library when she died
iiiicvpceicdly la* year The transaction is now. according
to reputable sources, tied up in the probate of Mrs
McCormiefc s estate
The Bible cries out for peace and brothcrh los e Should
Chestnut Sired United Methodist Church have acted so
cavalierly, so strictly business" asoacoflhc participants
at the meeting put H? We thing not It would hose been
more Christian, as we see it. if former Calvary Mciliodi* -
Church had given the church to Fir* Methodist or the:
community to begin with But then, who can plumb the *
depths of our hearts' This it the same church, along w nit'
Fir* Baptist in Lnmberton. who spoke to at we see tl..
unlovingly again* ex-felons in a teller to (he editor iu the*
county daih a few weeks ago Mat God help us all to
nndcratand and forgive one another It there hope for ui'
Docs hope *111 spring eternal'' Is hope Mill just around the
corner*' We certainly hope so
The evil political scheme oC'douMc-yottng" has been
con*iiiiuonalh dismantled- six school systems arc now
one. the county commissioners, board of education and
house dclcgaiion have been rudistrictcd under the
leadership of Bobby Dean Lock tear, county commission
chairman, and through the auspices of the l%5 Voting
Rights Act Political change, slow but change nevertheless
continues We can never go hack to the old days when
Blacks and Indians w ere frozen out of the poltl tail process
It is a ncyy day in Robeson Count. now peopled bv a *?%
Induiu. White 25% Black populace
We *aud on the ere* of change m Robcton County. in
spue of those yy ho rest* the sand ions of law s Mich at the
y ot tug and civil rights law s Our hearts Mill lag behind our
lasvs We rest*, wedraganr spiritual feet, yyc po*urc and
titc God's name in vain often. but. in time lite law and our
hearts will become as one When that happens. Robeson
can be a great county as it is meant for her to be
In our optntou the election of Glenn May nor as sltenfT
will do more to mend our broken and battered hearts than
am thing else we can think of Can the elect ton of Gktin
May nor its shcrtfT change our minds and hearts'' YES>
YES' YES! We arc Mill Iwpcful Vie (item* Mmvm* fm
Sheriff His elect ton will btnd i*owwounds
renew our floggingipirtta. and allow our laggingheartslo
catch up with the Democratic promise jtt* ahead of us
LocMeer
Overcomes
Hammonds in
EMC Election
la a hotlv contested race,
newcomer Am brow Lock leer Jr
replaced 12 year recumbent Ronald
Hammonds oa the Limbec River
Election Memberehip Corporation
Board of Directors Both men ate
from the Saddletree community
Lock I ear tallied 640 vote* to
HamwondC 310
Newcomer Proctor Lockleer
overcame jarianbeat John EUerbe
619 to 461 to become die top vote
Lacy Cmmnlaaa. preeidcni of the
board, reftacd Ns mm *aurn a
challenge from Larry Locklaar
Cummreyri^fradered 652 voter to
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challenger Heywr Deem 662 tp4M
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