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The Word on Washington
Mike Mclntyre
Is there anything on which
Democrats and Republicans could
agree and tackle together for the
good of our nation? What one concern
could unite these two parties
quickly without bickering and delay?
Just ask all of our former Presidents
and First Ladies. as"well as our
current President and First Lady,
and you will get a resounding answer
"Yes! We care about our children!"
And so they, along with several
others of us who have served as
volunteers over the years, came together
in Philadelphia a few days
ago at the birthplace of our nation's
charter of freedom to plan and to
work on charting the course for our
country's children who are at risk.
As one of only five members of
Congress selected by the Democratic
leader of the U.S. House of Representatives,
I had the unique opportunity
to join these presidents and
their wives at the Presidents' Summit
for America's Future. Chairman
of this event was retired Gen. Colin
Powell. His wife. Alma, along with
Vice President A1 Gore and Tipper
Gore and a selected group of elected
officials, joined hundreds of volunteers
from across America to prepare
for the challenge of helping our
future generation of citizens ? our
In rural areas as well as large
cities, far too many young people
are growing up without the kind of
adult role models and relationships
needed for success. As the Organizers'
mission statement said. "Far too
many do. not have adequate, safe
places to learn and grow, and they
are not getting a healthy start on the
kind of education that creates real
opportunities. And too many are unaware
that giving through community,Wvice
can make a difference in
the fives of others and can be an enriching
/Vnd so we worked! Miss America
"(Tara Holland) and I worked
side-by-side shoveling dirt and
spreading mulch for an inner city
playground. We then joined Tipper
Gore and members of the Philadelphia
Eagles football team in building
a park bench while Vice President
Gore drilled on a jungle gym.
In a couple of hours, a messy, ugly
sandlot became an organized, pleasant
play spot for kids.
In seminars and discussions afterwards,
groundwork was laid for a
new organization called "America's
Promise" which will coordinate efforts
between the private and public
sector to reach our nation's youth.
Five goals have been set, and
programs to implement them are already'under
way. They include:
1) Establishing opportunities for
mentoring, tutoring and coaching
young children so they have positive
role models;
2) Increasing safe places and
structured activities so that young
people can study, play and receive
(he necessary guidance to reach their
full potential in life;
3) Assuring that adequate health
care is available and that healthy behaviors
are emphasized to our kids.
4) Forging new partnerships
among.businesses. schools and charities
to provide young persons with
summer jobs, internships and learning
opportunities for marketable
skills, including reading and mathematics;
5) Providing young people with
the opportunity to serve, so that they
can become a part of the solution
and give back as good citizens to
their own communities as they mature
into young adults.
Government programs cannot always
provide the answers to our nation's
needs, but through the energy
and resources of volunteers, we can
find solutions.
It is my hope that this summit
will now be the springboard to encourage
each American to take an
hour, a day, or a week and respond
to problems within his or her community
with either time or resources.
Our children and our nation's
future deserve no less.
From The
Cookie Jar
Pembroke police were out in force
Saturday night in regard to the cruis.
in^ordinancc that is currently being
enforced by the Pembroke Town
Xobncil Tlicv were all o\cr Union
Chapel Road with their blue lights
flashing There were very fen cars
on thiit road I started to call the
police department and tell them
"what was going on" but I decided
that since they think that they know
it all lojusl let them sit there. Drivers
were going to the stoplight passed
Union Chapel Road at Jones Street,
then CRUISING down through that
neighborhood, going from there to
Cornith Road and comming up beside
UNCP. They were parkingin the
spaces at the church that 1 know as
"the Gospel Hall" throwing trash,
running into people's yard w ith their
cars, miming stop signs as people in
the neighborhood try to sleep on
Jones Street Thcic arc persons that 1
have spoken with who said that this
went on all weekend
Frankly, ladies and gentlemen we
have "gotten around the cruising
population for years" now to keep
them ofTof the main roads they have
moved it to the neighborhoods w here
someone can get hurt". I don't know
of am child that plays out of their
yard onto the Union Chapel Road or
onto Highway 711 1 do know ofaloi
ofchildrcnon Jones Street. Cruising
has been going on for more scars
than 1 can count We did it in High
school and that was over 22 years
ago 1 know that some of the very
people protesting did it themselves
1 don't know how anyone can stop
these taxpayers from ridingdow n the
roads that they have helped pay for.
do you? Since the Town Council of
Pembroke doesn't own the roads of
Pembroke. 1 do not see where they
can fine anyone or take their drivers
licscnsc FREEDOM is one thing
that our Constitution is based on and
that is one of the reasons that thr
colonists left England, or wherever
they came here from .so that no man
would have the right to tell them
what to do
Sorta makes ntc wonder did thev
get ofT of the SPACE SHIP?'.'
That has to be a better solution
Why not open up those parking lots
and let the kids park and v isit with
each other? That sounds a lot more
simple than trying to enforce cruising
laws that scent to be a form of
harrassntcnt Think about it???
Vmita Maynor Clark
Summer Reading
Program Schedule
Lumbcrton - Robeson County
Public Library will-hold. Summer
Reading Program front June 30 until
August 1. The kickoff party will be
held at the Lumbcrton Library , outside.
weather pcrrrfitling. on Friday.
June 30. Come by the library to register
for the program: have your tee
shirt stencilled, pick up reading
records, bookmarks, and materials
One time tee shirts will be painted in
purple and blue
Use the reading record to keep
lists of the booksvou read Pri/cs will
be given for the first book the tenth
book, and for every ten books thereafter.
Books read aloud by the librarian
during story-time programs may
be included in you reading record
Books may be counted beginning
June 3d. ending August I.
There will be a magician at Lumbcrton.
July 21.10 AM and a magic
show in Lumbcrton. 10 AM. August
I to end the program Story and
activity limes arc. Mondays. Lumbcrton
10 AM anil Pembroke 12 PM
tri r/fsra ,, ^<0m TRAIL1
lr nif Wi r 1 il C | ^ ribvDr. Stan Knick. Director^ |
Much attention has been given to
the topic of federal recognition of
Native Americans, especially as it
concerns the Lumbee. Some people
seem to believe that federal
recognition would be the panacea for
everything that ails many Native
American communities ? poverty,
geographical and political isolation,
substance abuse, poor health and so
on. Other people, including some
Native Americans, see federal
recognition as an unnecessary and
unwanted "stamp of approval" from
the federal government. After all,
what other ethnic groups in the United
States are required to carry a
government card to prove that they
are who they say they are?
From much of what has been
printed in the popular press in recent
years, it would perhaps be easy to
come to the conclusion that the
Lumbee are the only Native Nation
confronted with life in the supposedly
unhappy state of being federallyunrecognized.
But is this true?
Current estimates have it that there
are at least 115,000 (and possibly as
many as 200,000) people in America
who could be classified as "federallyunrecognized"
Indians. Some of these
are descendants of Native people who
refused to sign what they saw as unfair
treaties with the government during
the nineteenth century (for example, a
small group of Chippewa people who
lived in northern North Dakota).
Others are people who migrated away
from reservations and into cities
generations ago and did not maintain
"enrollment." A few arc those who
simply fell through the administrative
Many of these "unrecognized"
people arc enrolled members of the at
least 133 separate groups (bands, tribes
and nations) which the federal
government does not accept as being
"Indian tribes." Some of these groups
are very small, with less than 200
members. The Lumbee happen to be
the largest such group (somewhere
between 35,000 and 50,000 people in
the United States, most of whom
reside in Robeson County, identify
themselves as Lumbee).
Some groups are recognized by
their respective state governments, but
many others are not. Of these Native
American people it has been written:
"There is no simple explanation as to
why some tribes were not recognized.
Failure by the federal government to
recognize certain Indian tribes has usually
been the product of longforgotten
historical accidents, or of
the belief that many tribes became
extinct AVhatever the reason for the
non-recognized status of many Indian
groups, one thing is certain: they have
not vanished (Miller and De Jong,
1994; in The Native North American
Why do these Indian
communilies remain "unrecognized?"
Miller and De Jong argue that many of
these tribes were small, peaceful and/
or isolated and therefore not perceived
as a threat by the government. Indian
tribes which the government has not
feared, or whose lands and resources it
has not coveted, have typically been
left "unrecognized."
Many of the federally-recognized
tribes achieved that status by virtue of
wars they waged against the U. S.
government ? wars which led to the
necessity for treaties and reservations.
It is ironic that Native American
communities which were peaceful (or
which were decimated by European
epidemic diseases) would later be
denied services by the government in
effect because they did not (or could
not) resist government incursions and
control more violently,
iv For more information, visit the
Native American Resource Center in
historic Old Main Building, on the
campus of The University of North
Carolina at Pembroke.
Tuesdays. Fairmont 1 PM and
Proclor\ illc 3 PM. Wcdncsda\. LuinbcrtonFilmHour
10-AM. Red Springs
2.30 PM and St Pauls 4.30 PM
Thursdiis. Maxton 2 PM and Rowland
4PM. :,
Pembroke Senior High
Class of 1976 Reunion
Location: Old Pembroke Senior High
(now Pembroke Middle School)
Price: $20.00 per couple
(late fee:$25.00 after deadline of May Jtft)
Dress: Semi-formal
When: June 27,1997
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Notice of Public Hearing
The Robeson County Board of Commissioners is presently
considering appropriation or expenditures pursuant to
N.C.G.S 158-7.1 to encourage the location of a manufacturing
enterprise within Robeson County This action, if taken,
will be through the use of an agreement regarding economic
incentive grants by and between the County and the new
enterprise. .
The hearing will beheld on May 12,1997, at 6:00 o'clock
p.m at Robeson County Housing Authority, Morgan Britt
Park, NC Hwy.72 West, Lumberton, North Carolina
The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing
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County Hoard of Commissioners
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phone at 910-521-9707, or the nearest branch office of
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