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Rep. Ron Sutton Proves to be Alert, Astute, and Effective in Re-districting
Efforts; Mclntyre Attempts to Remove Indian Precincts From District 7
I Ik upcoming rcdisiricung of Congressional Disiricls seems 10 clcarlx
define Hep Hon Suited representing the 85th District, as the hcrooflhc hour
I Ik Supreme Court of the United Stales hasdeetded that the 1st Congressional
District represented b> Congrcssxxoinan En;t"CI;i\lon. a Black, is
unconstitutional The Court ordered that District be re-drawn This ol
course alleets all Congressional Districts in the Stale
In i he process of re-district ing to abide b> the wishes of the Supreme Court,
our local legislators were charged with the rcsponsibilux of a plan in
accordance with the mandate of the Supreme Court bx April I si If the State
I cgislaiure could not approxc such a plan bx the April 1st dale, the Court
would then establish their own re-districting plan
In the excitement of re-drawing lines, and in attempts to protect alrcadx
seated Congressman, scxcral plans were circulated
A small section of Robeson Counts is now in the Eighth District,
represented b> Congressman Bill Hefner The remainder of the counts is
leptesented of course b> the ultra conscrsallsc Mike Mclnixrc in the 7th
I hsirici
Oui sources tell us that in the final dass before the deadline for redisricting.
Congressman Hefner and Congressman Melius re agreed on a
plan that would place Fort Bragg in the Seventh District and place tsso major
Indian precincts. Oxcndinc and Prospect, into the Xili District
W e were not surprised bx Mclnls re's agreement to this idea To begin w ith.
the total voles in those two precincts c.iinc out 10 be just about exactly the
number of voles that Rose Marie l.ovvrv lownscnd. an Indian female
defeated him b> in the Primary election lor C ongrcss Melntv re won the seal
, in a subsequent run-off Politically we understand his readiness to remove
a 2 KH) Indian block vote from District ? On the other hand we felt that he
should have fought to keep those supporters of his who worked so hard for
him during the General Election Editorially speaking, n appears that
Melntv re felt he would rather have Fort Bragg in his district than Oxendinc
and Prospect. While we understand politically why he would agree to that
plan, we question his gratitude to people in Oxendinc and Prospect who
apparently thought he would make rational and reasonable decisions for
them
We understand also w In Hefner would want 21 DO more voles in Robeson
Aftcrall. he isa Democrat and it is a I mostcertain that Osendtne tind Prospect
; will vote for a Democrat in am given General Election
On the other hand. Melntv re. we believe, would hav ebeen happy to-hnv e
the Indian vole diluted in Robeson County Certainly.that would make
Indians less of a threat, if you remove the approximate number that defeated
i vou in a primarv from?fro District It was probably good politics, if it had
worked
Fortunately. Indian people were represented by Rep Ron Sutton who was
astute enough to make tli.c appropriate contacts and get the connuit incuts that
cvcntuall) led lo keeping the Indian voles in lacl in Dislriel 7 We wonder
what would have happened had Indians noi had a representative who was
alert and competent enough to prevent the exchange of Oxendtne and ?
Prospect Precincts for Fort Bragg'1 Wcbeltcveihal ifRcp Sutton had not been
there and been "paxing attention." these two major Indian precincts would
have ended up in District X It makes one wonder if Melnlyrc did not tell us
a lot about himself in agreeing to such a trade olT to begin w ith. Was he
saving perhaps that he was not comfortable to have so many Indians in his
district'' Did he remember that Rose Marie Lovvrv Townsend defeated hint
in the Primary by approximately 2.00(1 votes? Did he believe that he would
' be more comfortable representing the conservative area of Fort Bragg? .We
wonder Fdiloriallv speaking, we believe the ultra conservative Melnlyrc
would prefer to have less Indians in his district We believe also that he is
like a few other white Robcsomans They don't scent to be exactly sure what
to do about the Indians
Nevertheless. Rep Sutton is the hero and we editorially commend him for
htsswift thinkingand action. While wehaxcnolhmgagainsiHefner, wcfeel
it vers important that the Indian votes in his county remain in one district
After all. there is strength in numbers and Mclntv re's agreement to remove .
2 lot) Indian votes front the 7th District, reminds us thai he understands very
well the strength in numbers especially at election time when there is an
Indian candidate
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The Word on Washington
Congressman
Mike Mclntyre
.
Did you know (hat sexual assault
is the must rapidly grossing \iolcnt
crime in America? These and oilier
terrible (acts about rape and sexual
assault were (if great concern to me
and my staff when we recently visited
the Rape Crisis Center in Fayctlevjlle
The rape crisis volunteers
are on the front lines every day
working to achieve zero tolerance
for the crime of sexual violence and
reduce its trauma. However, they
cannot realize their most important
goals without you ? the public.
Rape slipuld not be a taboo subject
Our communities need to talk
about sexual assault Our communities
need to be educated on the facts
about sexual assault According to
the American Medical Association,
scxunl assault continues to represent
the most rapidly growing violent
crime in America. Over 700,0(10
women are sexually assaulted each
year It is estimated that fewer than
50 percent of all rapes arc reported.
Other statistics show thai I in 3
women will be assaulted during
, 'heir lifetime and that I in 4 girls
and I in 7 boys will be assaulted by
the age of 18. Most importantly, our
communities and government must
work together to educate, change attitudes,
increase awareness, and
counsel those who have been victimized.
One such effort is taking place in
Southeastern North Carolina at the
center we visited in Cumberland
County. This fine organization offers
two distinct programs. Direct
Services and Community Education
The Direct Services Program assists
victims of sexual violence while the
Community Education Program presents
accurate information about the
crime of rape. A volunteer companion
is available 24 hours every day
to listen and understand the feelings
associated with a sexual assault. In
addition, this center provides assistance
with victim's rights compensation
programs, inhumation and resources
on law enforcement, medical
and legal procedures, arrangements
for transportation, clothing
and emergency shelter, and support
groups In help ease the transition
back In essence, these extraordinary
volunteers are there to assist victims
from directly after an assault all the
way through this difficult healing
process Along with the victims,
these men and women deserve our
support-, commitment, resources and
prayers
I be Rape Crisis Center in Cumberland
County rs able to perform its
mission because of resources from
Education Loans
Available To NC
Residents
Education loans for North Carolina
residents attending colleges in
or out ol stale and for nonresidents
attending colleges in North Carolina
arc available through College Foundation
Inc (CFI). The Federal Farn?'y
Education Loan program administered
by CFI is funded by North
C arolina banks and other investors
Federal Stafford Loans (both subsidized
and tinsubsidi/cd) arc made
to dependent or independent students
m cither undergraduate or graduate/
professional studies. Federal Plus
Loans arc made to parents of dependent
undergraduate students
For more information, write College
Foundation Inc. P.O. Box
12 KM). Raleigh. NC 27605-2 MM) or
call 919/821-4771 or toll-free 888/
CFI-6400
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private, local, state anil federal resources
It is the ^?est example of
how local problems can he addressed
with a commitment from
public and private entities If you .
would like to assist, please call the >
Center at ? 10-485-7273.
In addition to supporting federal ?
programs that fund programs like
this Center, I am an original cosponsor
of an important piece of anti-sexual
violence legislation in the
House of Representatives. HR 305,
the Protection from Sexual Predators
Act. picvents the all too familiar
scene ol a convicted sexual predator
bring released from prison for
"good behavior." only to strike
again and again I his bill allocs (or
federal proserin 11 in >of<rapes and se )
rious sexual assaults committed by v
repeat offenders. It requires that
convicted repeal offenders are automatically
sentenced to life in prison
without parole It is severe, but given
the seriousness of the assault, it
should he. Please he assured I will
be working ardently to ensure its
passage during this session of
Congress
Sexual assault is not just a women's
issue. It is a human issue and one
that we all must he aware of and work
toward alleviating. Through the efforts
of organisations like the Rape
Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland
County, we can make progress in '.his
effort. As your Congressman, I will
fight against this horrendous crime.
Mike Mclntyre is the 7th Congressional
District's Representative to the
United States Congress. He can be
reached at 202-225-2731, 910-3230260,
910-671-6223 or /HO-8I54959.
Two by Two
Presented by the
University Theatre
The Univcrsit) Theatre at The
University ofNorthCarolinaat Pembroke
will present the musical "Two
B> Two" on Thursday. April 17 at X I
pin. Friday. April 18 at 11 am and J
Salurdav April 19 at 2 pni in the ,
Givcns Performing Arts Center
"Two By Two" is a fresh retelling
of the biblical story of Noah. It seems '
that the building of the ark was only *
the first of Noah's many daunting J
challenges in a journey that wasn't'
always smooth sailing.
By turns inspirational and hilarious,
we discover that being chosen by
God for great things docs not ncccs- 1
sarily simplify the daily demands
made of a father and husband It's
good fun from the Good book and
when the land has dried, man and
beast alikcarc invited to go forth and
prospering a bright new world
"Two By Two" features music by
Richard Rogers, book by Peter Stone
and Lyrics by martin Cfiarnin and is
bated on the play "The Flowering
Peach" by Clifford Odcts
Tickets for "Two By Two" arc $7
general admission UNCP students,
faculty and staff arc admitted free
with ID For reservations or more
information, call the GPAC box officcat
(910)521-6761 or 1-800-7670778.
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The Native American Resource
"enter is pleased to announce a new
fine art exhibit entitled Divergent
Parallels: These Things We Hold In
Common. This exhibit consists mainly
af a collection of acrylic paintings and
pencil drawings by Karl Anthony Hunt
[Lumbec). A reception to celebrate
ih.c opening of Divergent Parallels
will be held Thursday evening, the
10th of April, at 7:00 PM. The artist
will be present to meet the public and
comment on his works.
Karl Anthony Hunt was born in
Robeson County in May of 1956. He
is the son of the late Charles Edward
and Clarcie Mandy Hunt. He was
raised by his grandmother, Mrs. Lena
Jacobs, and graduated from Fairgrove
High School in 1974. He now resides
in Raynham.
Karl's work is at once simple.and
complex. Some of his pieces
demonstrate a polished technical
command of realism ? as in the
unmistakable lines of the
representational drawings called
"Cocoon" and "Feathers." Each stroke
of pencil or charcoal shows a
reasoned economy, no more or less
than exactly what is necessary to
express the desired form. Both
cocoon and feathers all but move in
the breeze.
Other pieces reveal the depth of
his thinking about a particular subject
matter ? as in the compound levels
of meaning in the transcendent acrylic
paintings called "The Intellectual
Savage" and "Manifest Destiny:
Aftermath." Here each caress of the
brush on canvas conjoins in a union of
ideas and images. The viewer is
compelled to slop and ask: "What did
he mean?" "What does il mean?"
Perhaps even: "What does it all
mean?"
Of the Divergent Parallels
collection of works, Karl says: "To me
the show is a reflection of things I have
observed and thought in my life
travels. As I meet people from other
cultures and we share our cultures
with each other, I see parallels in my
mind. I find that if I tell what things
mean in my culture, it has more
Significance if I draw parallels to other
cultures. Take for example the piece
called'Reliquary.' Itishpaintingofa
medicine bag ? a container for
sacred items in traditional Native
American culture which is in some
way similar to the reliquary casket of
the Catholic church which also
contains sacred items."
This seeing of connectedness
between different cultures is
something at which Karl excels. He
feels that people all over the planet
have much in common, especially in
terms of their belief systems. It is
mainly in the details that the
traditional cultures of this world
differ. His artworks often suggest
this connectedness by means of the
symbols and images portrayed.
But not all of Karl's work is so
serious. His mixed-media piece,
"Casino Chiefs," shows us his lighter
side. Thisred-white-blue-and-chrome
Iconstruct seems to poke gentle fun at
profiteering leaders whose idea of
"economic development for the tribe"
equates to personal advantages for
themselves.
Taken as a whole, this collection
of works announces Karl Anthony
Hunt as a growing brilliance in the
skies of Native American ait. From
simple pencil and charcoal lines
masterfully arranged, to complex
portrayals of profound ideas, this
exhibit proclaims that art remains
vital add robust in the Native
communities Of North Carolina.
Divergent Parallels: These Things
We Hold In Common appears with the
coordinating assistance of art agent
Barbara Braveboy-Locklear, and will
be on display in The Center through
the end of May. The public is invited
to attend the opening reception;
refreshments will be served.
For more information, visit the
Native American Resburce Center in
historic Old Main Building, on the
campus of The University of North
Carolina at Pembroke.
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Pembroke Housing Authority Activities
On March 27 the Youth Center
sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt for the
youth. The youth had fun playing
games and finding eggs
On Friday night April 11 at 7
p.nr. the Youth Center will sponsor a
EULOGY program for "Mr I Can't "
The program will be conducted like
a real Funeral with a full si/c casket
The purpose of the Eulogy is for the
youth to bury the phrase "1 Can't."
Every one is invited to attend.
Starling on Friday night, April
25. at 6 p.m. and every 4th Friday
night at 6 p.m. the Youth Center will
sponsor family Bingo for the adults
and the youth of Pembroke Housing
Authority
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