TH CAROLINA LNDIAN?0ICE 1 ed each Thursday by First American Publications, Pembroke, NC VOLUME 24 NUMB. THURSDAY, MAY N, IVV7 TWENTY-FIVE CENTS A Report to the People From Rep. Ron Sutton. District 85 Legist Action Gives North Carolina Indian Cultural Center ? i.> Additive** Time for Fund Raisins and Down Sizes Board The North Carolina Indian Cultural Center received a little breathing room this past Thursday when the N.C. Senate passed HB 517 in Raleigh As previously stated in an earlier article this report is prepared as an update on the N.C. Indian Cultural Center. Most of you are aware that the issue of the Cultural Center has been around for a long time. The controversy between the existence of the Cultural Center and the golf course was resolved by my previous legislation in 1993. As part of that legislation the Center Board received money to buy other land and was to raise 4.16 n\illion dollars in cash or pledges within three years after they received a 99 year lease from the state or all the Cultural Center lands would revert to the state? Also, construction could not begin until they raised all the money. Raising the money hasproven hard for the Board to do. Since the three year limit was ductoexpircinMay. 1997. last fall I. began discussions with the Cultural Center Board leadership, the N.C. Commission of Indian affairs leadership and Indian leaders throughout the state We were attempting to find an acceptable solution to the pending time limit problem. In march, I introduced House Bill 517 in an effort to keep the Cultural Center alive and get the Board some breathing room. At the same time 1 felt that merely getting an extension would be only delaying the inevitable. It was and still is my belief that until the board is more positive, aggressive and dedicated, they will never be able to raise all the monies required by legislation. It is believed that some of the provisions ofHB 517 will assist in inspiring the board to meet their goal Throughout all these endcav ors. 1 have tried to assist the Board in any way I could but still not interfere in any way in their operations of the Center In fact, given the assets and tasks before them, I truly believe the Board and stafThave done a good job of day today operations at the center The focus of my concern has been the problem associated with fund raising. The main thrust of HB 517 is as follows. It grants the Cultural Center Board an additional four year extension to raise funds required b> legislation. It reduced the gross amount to be raised from 4.16 million to three (3) million The Cultural Center can begin construction of non-permanent buildings as soon as they have funds to do so and when cleared by the state. They must have two million in cash or pledges to begin permanent construction. The Cultural Center Board must be reorganized by December 3. 1997. Presently the Board selects and approvcsthcir own members. This practice will change as new prospective members are to be nominated, by priority, to the N.C Commission of Indian Affairs who will make the final selection The new 15 member Board will consist of 6 members from N.C. tribes. 3 members front the major Indian Organizations. 1 from the education community. 2 from the business world. 2 from slate government and 1 from federal government community . In each ease, prospective nominees w illbc selected by the Indian Commission The Bill also establishes an advisory board to assist the Cultural Center Board in fund raising and other activities This board can consist of an unlimited number of members from am location Another feature of the new law. is that thcN.C Commission of Indian Affairs will have oversight over the activities of the Cultural Center Board It was not intended nor docs the law allow the Indian Commission to interfere in day to day activities of running the Cultural Center They will however, have the aulhoritv to ensure that the fund raising activities are progressing on schedule. Also, this oversight relationship vv ill be rev icw cd and evaluated every two years by thcN.C. Department of Administration with the intent to change or modify the relationship as deemed appropriate HB 517 passed the N C House in March and went to the Senate. It was passed out of the Senate on Thursday April 17th w ilhoul opposition and is before Governor Hunt for signature Bv the lime this is printed it will be law. I have had outstanding cooperation at all levels in developing HB 517 and getting it through the General Assembly At first there was opposition among General Assembly members to merely granting an extension. That's why I had to dc-. vclop other provisions to show them that it would not be "business as usual" but a more concerted effort to raise the required money The N.C Indian Cultural Center has the potential to be a major cultural attraction for the Southeastern region and all of North Carolina. It is not nor was it ever intended to be a Lumbcc Cultural Center or a Robeson County Cultural Center It is the N.C. Indian Cultural Center, representing all N C. Indians. II is and always hasbccn one of my aims to see the Cultural Center fully developed I continue to stand ready to do what I can to help What the center needs now is for aggressive and entcrprisi ngindiv iduals throughout the state to seek positions on the Board In addition, all cili/cns of Robeson County and surrounding counties should gel behind and support this project Become active, be concerned, demand progress but be willing to be a player - a doer- one that is involved This, project can bring money into this region to benefit all of us. As the long legislative session is now at mid point, several bills effecting our region acc in committees and being heard In my report 1 will update you on those statewide and local bill that will have specific impact on our area Ronnie Sutton Representative. 85lh District Volunteers: An/Important Asset to Southeastern^egional Medical Center Hundreds of volunteers serving Southeastern Regional Medical Center and its affiliates were honored at the annual appreciation banquet during National Volunteer Week in the Medical Center's dining room. After a garden reception, SRMC Vice President Reid Caldwell welcomed the volunteers and thanked them for giving 15,100 hours of service to the Medical Center, plus hundreds more to Hospice of Robeson and Woodhavcn Nursing and Alzheimer's Care Center over the past year Keynote speaker for the dinner was the Reverend Ken Goodrich of thcRcd Springs PrcsbytcrianChurch After his humorous remarks. Volunteer Coordinator Shirley Rogers presented volunteers w ith certificates of appreciation. Volunteers at the Medical Center serve in many areas ofthc organization's operation including admissions and registration, patient relations, oncology, recovery, mail delivery. coffee carl, shuttle delivery. dietary , and nursing units SRMC Volunteers from Lumberton who were recognized arc. Dorothy Baker, Ann Brilt, Joann McDufTic. Patricia McLellan. Joyce Smith, Phyllis Wcinslein. Maria Smith, Cynthia Tuthill, Jan Babik. Elizabeth Krastin. Edgar Torres. Matthew C'ummings. LonnicBowen. Frances Averitt. Nell Fields, Kay Finlcy. Alice Stephens. Dottic Strawcutter, Lenore Taylor. Janic Rhodes, Lillie Davis, Elcx Tyler, Catherine Tyner, Charles Wallace. Frank Eskridge, Doug Jones. Weymon Oxendine. Jore Tirol. Michael Warren, Jean Smith. Betty Peycr, Ruth Prevatte. Frances Normcnt, .Charlenc Mchan. Alycc Minges, Lillian McGrath. Anne Biggs. Blanche McEachcrn. Marvin and Dora Lowery, Hortcnsia Santiago, and Donald Tolh SRMC volunteers from.Fairmont arc. Mildred Bricc, Phyllis Carol Jones. Reva Pfteman. Mildred Haggins, Eva Shull, Elise Loftis. Christine Lee. Catherine Tedder. Jcianncttc Webslcr. Frances Davis, and Robert Moore Pembroke voluntccrsarc: Earl and Mary Dcese, Etha Harris. Etta B Jones. Helen Jones. Adricnnc Oxcndinc. Naomi oxendine. Rudy Locklcar. Eniac Locklcar. Rosa Woods. Charles l.ocklcar. and James M. Locklcar. Red Springs volunteers arc: Priscilla Snow. Jean Davis. Hazel Dixon. Ruth Williams, and Xnnic Brown From Maxton arc Nash Locklcar. James Locklcar. and Donald Bullard Volunteers Margaret Humphrey. Carmen Walters and David Hodge are from St. Pauls. Parkton volunteers are Rose and Evelyn McMillian Volunteer Michael Streahle is from Fayeltcvillc; Lola Nye from Orrum; Adam Lewis from Rowland , Doris Allen from Tarheel; and Beverly Bryant from Bladenboro. WoodHaven volunteers received their certificates of appreciation from VolunteerCoordinatorMarsha Lewis and Kim Bazcmore. director of activities. Volunteers recognized were: Elsbclh Allen. Gloria Autry (Bladenboro). Louise Bailey. Margaret Branch. Angclla Britt. Bruce Bryant. Emma Burkhcad. Catherine By rd. Dot Carlson. Kathryn Combs. Sarah Combs. Marjoric Devinc. Jim Evans, Helen Haggard, Anthony Hammonds. Gayncll Holder (Fayctlcvillc). Dora Hunt. Earlinc Hunt. Joyce Jftckson. Li nda James. Bobbie Jones (Fairmont). Clcnnic Jones (Fairmont). Mac Belle Lawson. Ruth Lee. Karen Locklcar (Fairmont). Thclma Manning (Fairmont). Ron Maynor (Pembroke). Anna McDurfic. Willie McLaughling Scott Nobles (Pembroke). Maxinc Parncll.Esther Rev els. Lynn Riley. Joan Roger. Wilma Roz.icr. Betty Simon Donna and Bob Skafuba. James Smith (St Pauls). Richard Smith. Pauline Taylor. and Ailccn West All arc from Lumberton except where noted Woodhaven is a 115 -bed long term care facility that offers a specialized unit for patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders Revival To Be Held Revival Services will be held by the First Baptist Church of Pembroke during the. week of May 5-9 The service will begin at 7:30 PM with special singing nightly Reverend Manford Locklcar and Reverend Charles P. Locklcar w ill be the guest ministers. Reverend Kent Chavis is the Pastor and inv ites everyone to attend Allen (i. Dia l Harold McNeill and Allen Dial of The Real Estate Exchange Inc. recently earned the professional designation "Graduate. REALTOR Institute" (GRI). signifying mastery of an intense training program of classroom instruction. The REALTOR Institute is cosponsored by the North Carol i na Real Estate Educational Foundation and the North Carolina Association of REALTORS and has been offered several times annually since 1948 It was the first of its kind in the United Stales and has served as a model for numerous other states. REALTOR William C Bass. Ashcvillc, President of the Foundation. noted "The REALTOR Institute is the first level of forniali/cd advanced education beyond licensing and provides REALTORS and others associated with the real estate industry an opportunity to study the latest methods and proven practices for success in thcirbusincss" Graduation from the program requires completion of ninety (90) hours of course work and twelve (12) examinations on various aspects of the courses taken The GRI is a nationally recognized professional designation The GRI curriculum and standards arc governed by the National Association of REALTORS, the nation's largest Trade Association with a membership of over XOO.OOt) On a Mrs. Fannie Hammonds Blanks Celebrates 102 nd Birthday Mrs. Fannie Hammonds Blanks of l.umberton was born in Robeson County on May 5, 1895. She was the wife of the late Hecktor Blanks of l.umberton and the daughter of the late Willie Hammonds of Lumberton who lived to be 103. Mrs. Blanksisthe mother of four living children: Mrs. Naomie Wade of Lumberton; Mrs. Mabel Brewer of Lumberton; Mrs. Tommie Clean Brewer of lvanhoe, NC; Mrs. Evander Durden of Lumberton. She has 12 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren. The celebration for her 102nd birthday was hosted by her children and grandchildren at her daughter, Tommie (lean's home in Ivanhoe, NC. The honoree teas given a birthday cake and dinner. She also received many cards and gifts. She is a member of Ten Mile Center Baptist C 'hurch. (Text and photo by Tech. Sgt. William P. Revels.) national level only 10% or the REALTORS hold this prestigious designation: The Real Estate Exchange Inc is one or a sclcci group in North Carolina who currcntK hold this designation Wilkins & Lowry Reunion to be held Thcdesccndantsof Sionand Sarah Wilkins, H.T. (Sonnic) and Rosclla (Sis) Lower)' will reunit on May 24. 1997 between 4 and 9 PM at Harpers Ferry Baptist Church in Pembroke. Donations: R.F.V.P ASAP $7.00 min per person. Children under 10 - $4 00. For more information contact Hazel Strickland at (910) 521 - .1663 or contacr John Lower) at (301) 587-5434. Send Donations to: Hazel Strickland Rt 2 Box 401 Pembroke. NC 28372 - I Volunteer Etta II. Jones of Pembroke received a plaquefor Riving more than 2,000 hours of service to SRMC. In the Armed Forces Army Spec. Myran G. Hunt has graduated from the U?S. Army Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska Students received training in supervisory skills, leadership principles, and small unit training techniques essential to a first-line super visor in a technical or administrative environment. Hunt is a generator maintenance repairer with the 21st Signal Company at Fort Richardson He is the son of Gerald and Mary E Hunt of Pembroke The specialist is a 1992 graduate of Piirncll Swell High School. Pembroke Shown above are: Junior Miss l.umhee Morgan lirittuny Hunt, Junior Miss l.umhee, Cornell l.ocklear, Entertainer who performed at the celebration of the Carolina Indian Voice; and l.ittle Miss l.umhee Angelica Chavis. Shown left to right at the celebration of the Carolina Indian Voice held recently: Noah Woods, County Commissioner and Co-Principal of Pembroke Middle School; Connee Rrayboy, Editor, Carolina Indian Voice; Junior Miss l.umbee Morgan Hrittdhy Hunt; Madie Rae l.ocklear, Chairperson of the CIV Celebration and member I.REMC Hoard of Directors; and Clenn Maynor, High Sheriff of Robeson ('ounty.