Page 2, Carolina Indian Voice-Thursdav, November 17,1994
The Norih Carolina Coiiunission
of Indian Affairs recently distributed
a document which shows the
population numbers of Native
Americans in each of die state’s one
hundred counties. The by-county
totals ctune from the 1990 United
• States Census, and reflect what people
say about their own ethnic identity.
No attempt is made by tlie Census
Buretiu to establish valid membership
in any Indian tribe or nation. People
just write down what they are, tuid
that’s how they get counted. This is
not necessarily a bad system, because
after all who should know better
what ethnic group a person belongs
to than the person himself/lierself.
The by-county population
figures are interesting for several
reasons. First, tliey show us where
most of the Indian people in die state
live — 40,511 in Robeson County;
4,425 in Cumberland; 3,176 in Moke;
3,075 in Swjiin; 2,667 in .lackson;
2,430 in Scotland; 1,936 in
Mecklenburg; 1,711 inlhilifax; 1,637
in Guilford; l,370in Columbus; 1,14S
in Wake; 939 in Onslow; 876 in
Stunp.son; 763 in Wiuren; and fewer
in all the odier counties.
The figures td.so show us where
the fewest Indian people live —
4 each in Hyde tuid Tyirell; 8 ettch in
Allegheny, Gates and .lones; 13 in
Washington; 16 in Greene and 17 in
Polk. But every one of North
Carolina’s counties has some Indian
It is also inieivsiing to compaie
these 1990 census figures with those
from die 1980 census. In 1980 Uiere
were 64,635 Native Americans living
in North Carolina. In 1990 that
number had jumped to 80,155.
Obviously die number in most
counties increased, but 6 counties
actually had a decrease in the
number of Indiiui people. Most of
these tffe very sm.ill decreases, but
in one county the decline was
monumental. The Indian population
of Hertford County, home of the
Meherrin Indians (most of whom
live in and around Ahoskie, CtUifomia
and Winton) dropped from 448 in
1980 to 228 in 1990. That’s a decline
of about 49%!
1 called Lawrence Dunmore,
director of the Meherrin’s Federal
Acknowledgment Project, to ask
what had happened. Had 220
Meherrins actually moved out of
Hertford County? He told me that,
while some younger Mehemns had
moved to urban iueiis in .search of
work during the 1980s, the real
Indian population of Hertford County
must have been under-reptirted or
miscalculated in .some way in the
1990 census. He believes that a
combination of lactors could be
producing the lower 1990 numbers —
lack of response to the census.
possible mistiikes in calculations and
some as-yet unknown factors. Henoted
that tlie Meherrin tribal roll currently
lists 565 members, at least half of
whom live in Hertford County. Thus,
the Indian population in Hertford
County iLs reported by theU.S. Census
must be wrong.
Also remarkable in the new
census numbers is the dramatic
increase in some couttlies. In Wake
County, for example, the Indian
population jumped from 516 in 1980
to 1,148 in 1990(;uiincretLseof 122%).
In Almn;uice County the jump was
from 144 in 1980 to 303 in 1990 (an
increase of 110%). Several other
counties had increases of more than
100%. Where are all these Native
Amcritauis coming from?
It is U'ue tliat as a group Native
birth rate th:ui tlie general population.
It is Jtlso tnje that life expecLancy of
Native Americans has increased
slightly over tlie past decade. Both of
these factors would produce larger
numbers of Inditui people. But are
these two factors enough to explain
the overall increiLse of 24% in the
stale? What other factors might
produce hu'ger of numbers of Native
Americiuis in die 1990 census?
For more information, visit the
Native Americtui Re.source Center in
Old Main Building, on die ctunpus of
Pembroke State University.
by Dr. Ken Johnson
The weekly meeting was held at
the Town and Countr. Restaurant
with President Grady Hunt presid
ing. Kiwaiiian Judge Dc.\tcr
Brooks was the speaker His topic
was "Politics." The voting public
seems to be quite sophisticated,
many voting the straight ticket-
Democratic. However, a candidate
needed just 40% of the vote to win.
or to avoid a run-off. The^'Motor
Vote Act" was changed to allow a
voter to register once and be on the
books. Formerly, if he did not vote,
his name was taken off the books.
Voting in Robeson county was
helped by more Indians voting.
The popular candidate was Glenn
In the National election. Charlie
Rose won due to more Indians
registering. Rose got 90% of the
Pembroke vote. The National
House of Representatives will have
to do its own investigation of the
Anderson protest. Many voters
were independent in their voting.
The 31st Annual Pancake Spa
ghetti supper fund raiser will be
held in the Pembroke Elcmentar\
School Friday. December 9 at 5
p.m. and6 a.m. Saturday morning
Tickets arc $4.00.
Presiding-Grady Hunt. Invoca
tion-Clay Maynor. Song-Vardcll
Swett. Reporter-Ken Johnson.
News From Prospect School
These students from J and O Tae Kwon Do Karate Wolf and Do Jo
in Pembroke, NC won championship belts and trophies at Johnson
and Leon's 21st Annual Open Karate Tournament held in Spring
Lake, JVC in October.
Shown from left to right are Ivan Hernandex; back row, left to right:
Crystal Henderson, Instructor and Do Jo Operator, O.J. Hendeerson
and Misty Henderson.
The Trainable Mentally Handicapped Class at Prospect School par
ticipated in the FallSpecail Olympics at Pembroke State University on
Tuesday, November 15. The activities at PSU began with all the
athletes marching in the gym displaying their school banners. Good
luck wishes were given to the athletes by Dr. Sandra Watkin.s,
Associate Superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County;
Dr. Tommy Thompson, PSU Physical Education Department HEad;
Ronnie Chavis, Physical Education Supervisor for the Public Schools
of Robeson County.
The events the class participated in wese Lead Up Skills and 3 on
3 basketball game. In the Lead Up Skills athletes had to dribble the
ball, aim the basketball at a target in the middle of the wall, shooting
the basketball in the net from the left and right side of the goal.
The athletes who participated in Lead Up Skills were: Marcus
Locklear, third place; Antionette Odum, second place; and Jennifer
Scott, first place.
In the 3 on e events the athletes played a basketball game in teams
of three. The game lastedfor 15 minutes. The athletes who partiepated
in this event were: Jamie Locklear, Orson Locklear and Larry W.
Hunt. They all came in second place.
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By JOSEPH T. BELL, MD
One of the inlcrcsling rashes we
see in Ihc clinic is called Fiflh's
Disease. Fifth disease is a vims
infection characterized by a bright
red or rosy rash on bolli checks for
about one to three days ("Slapped
check" appearance) followed by a
pi nk lacy-like rash on t hcarms and
legs. The lacy rash comesand goes
over a period of one to t hrcc weeks,
especially after warm baths, exer
cise and sun c.xposurc. Usually llic
rash is not itchy. The child may
have a low grade fever, a slight
mnny nose, and sore throat or not
other symptoms besides the rash.
Fifth disease is caused b> Ihc hu
man paivovims B/9. It was so
named because it was the fifth pink
red rash to be described by physi
cians (Ihc others arc scarlet fever,
measles, mbcila and roscula.) Once
a child has had the virus, they arc
protected from becoming infected
One nice thing about Fiflh's dis
ease is that it is harmless to Ihc
child. The symptoms usually do
not require treatment. The child
does not need to be kept out of
school because the disease is cn
tagious mainly during the
before the rash appears a
who has the rash is no longerco
tagious and docs not need lo s
home from school or day care
Most adults who get fifth disca
dcvclopjusl a mild pinkness oft
checks or no rashaiall. Morcofi
an adult will develop joint 03,
especially inthc knees. These pai
may last from one to three monil
Taking non-prescription Advil,
Motrin will usually relieve
The vims ihal causes Rni,'.
case docsn'i cause binhdet
pregnant women exposed „
Rcscarcli has shown. Iioivcvt
about ten percent of babir,
reeled Witt, this virus bcfel
one to two percent nravcvctdi
you arc pregnant and expostd .
child will, Finii's disea*?'
the child dcx’clops ihc rasb „
An "Exceptional” Student
When vou think of the word
exceptional, you think of Mark
Murray. Mark is a 2()-ycar-old
Trainable Menially Handicapped
student at Prospect School. Mark
recently made Prospect School
proud. He is a marching band stu
dent, under the direction of Mrs.
Angela Hodges. When Prospect
Band participated in the Veteran's
Day parade on Friday. Nox ember
II. Mark marched and played Ihc
Mark is the son of Ms. Eli
Murray of Red Springs. He
very conscientious sludenis.
helps out at Prospect School
several odds and ends, such
liming the library .
In our schools today, you
‘ about our youth in trouble,
.^finally good loknowiljcrp.aie
some students today aliTltc
"exception" to the rule.
.\ lasir of irony hat- k«-|il n
iiM- of liiiinoi'—foi' il lakrs in
til.' joke "hi.
Hiren Patel, M. D.
announces the opening of his office
for the practice of Internal Medicine
(Specializes in treatment of diabetes)
3009 N. Elm Street
Lumberton, N. C.
FOR AN APPOINTMENT CALL:
On staff at KS REGIONAL
' MEDICAL CENTER
Movie popcorn full of fat
If you're on a diet, unbuttered popcorn is a
healthy snack, right? Well, maybe nol al the movies-
Because it's usually m«ide with fat-laden tocoH»4
oil which makes it taste better and creates the aroint
that wafts through the lobby, a typical small bag of
theater popcorn contains almost an entire day's
recommended allowance of saturated fat, the kiitu
that can cause heart disease. And that's withojtUh^
Some theaters have begun selling "healthier
popcorn made with canola oil, which does have
significantly les.s fat Keep informed.. for health!
call toll Eree 1-800
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