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$4.7 Million Proposed for Lumbee
Housing by HUD
The Lumbcc Regional Development
Association announces that the
Housing and Urban Development.
OtTicc of Native American Programs
in Washington. D C., under the new
Nati\c American Housing Assistance
and Self-Determination Act. has issued
proposed funding allocations
for 1998. and included in the allocations
arc $4.688.(MX) for l.umbcc
housing in Robeson. Hoke and Scotland
counties.
President Clinton signed into law
this new Housing Act in October of
19% after nearly two years of advocacy
and lobbsing b\ Federal and
State rccogni/cd tribes across the
country
As expected United Southeastern
Tribes. (USET) a coalition of all
federally rccogni/cd tribes in the
Southeast, opposed State rccogni/cd
tribes being included for funding
under this new Act
Ltmibcc Tribal leaders through
LRD A. the North Carolina Commission
of Indian Affairs and the North
Carolina Slate Indian Housing Authority
in Favcttcvillc. NC. along
with ihc National American Indian
Council fought for inclusion in this
legislation during the 19% session
of Congress.
USET lost their fight to exclude
State rccogni/.cd Tribes, but did succeed
in getting a provision in the bill
that denies Stale rccogni/cd tribes
that don't currently have their own
Housing Authority in operation the
opportunity to now form one to i implement
this program
Indian Housing Authorities scr\ ing
Stale recognized Tribes in 1996
were "grandfathered'' into the 19%
Act to continue to scr\ c these tribes
This means that the North Carolina
Stale Indian Housing Authority
in Faycllcv illc. North Carolina, w Inch
has scr\cd Lumbcc Communities in
the past will hate to be "designated''
by the tribal government to
administer this new funding for the
Lumbcc service areas according to
regulations in the new Housing Act
The Lumbcc tribal representative
on the N C Stale Indian Housing
Authority board will be William
Locklcar. who is chairman of the
Pembroke Housing Authority and
the JTPA Director for LRDA The
!>4 7 million dollars vvould.be used
for low-income families and within
this funding component would be a
"mutual self help"' home ownership
initiative in which low income Indian
families could eventually own
the home built for them based on
their financial ability.
Also in the new Housing Act is a
section called 184 in w Inch thcTribal
agency through a development corporalion
can actually build homes for
sale to upper income tribal members
and the mortgage could be financed
by a local bank and guaranteed by
HUD under this program
The economic development opportunities
for Slate Rccogni/.cd
Tribes under ihc 184 component is
the most innovative and flexible to
come along in some time.
Mr Adolph Blue. Chairman of
LRDA slated that "this Act poses
some new and challenging opportunities
for the Lumbcc Tribe in that
nearly $5 million could be available
annually for economic and social
improvement of our communities.
We must use these opportunities to ?
the fullest to help our Lumbcc citizens
to become more self-sufficient
and to better secure their future"
James Hardin. Executive Director
of LRDA stated that "the fight to
still get these funds to our communities
is not over, because some federal
tribes arc upset about these proposed
allocations to Slate recognized tribes
We will call on all of our Congressional
representatives toconlimic the
fight for these monies for all the Stale
recognized tribes in North Carolina".
A plan 011 how the $4 7 million
would be spent in Lumbcc Communities
must be submitted to HUI> by
the N C. Slate Indian Housing Authority
oiibchalfoflhcLmnbccTribe
bv November V 1997
For more information contact.
James Hardin. Executive Director
LRDA (910) 521-8602.Dav id
McGirl. N.C State Indian Housing
Authority. Fayeucvillc. NC (910)
481-5075; or Gregory Richardson.
N.C. Commission oflndian AfTairs.
Raleigh. NC (919) 713-5998
by LRDA Staff
Native American
Cultural Festival
Planned July 5
The North Carolina Indian Cultural
Center and United Tribes of
North Carolina wouldjike to invite
you to join Ihcnt on July 5 from 5 p.m.
until 9 p.m. to celebrate the First
Annual Native American Cultural
Festival. There will be old fashioned
and contemporary gospel music, story
telling, artsand crafts. Native American
Traditional Dancing and Singi
ng. good food a nd a special tribute to
Henry perry l.owric. They arc still
accepting performers and'artists. If
anyone would like to perform, tell
stories, share your arts and crafts, or
volunteer to help in any way. please
call the N.C. Indian Cultural Center
at 910-521-2433. There will be a
spectacular fire works display at the
closing of'thc evening Bring the
whole family foran evening of entertainment.
learning, slutringand fun
The event will be held at the North
Carolina Indian Cultural Center
For Sale
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Model with CP Rom. 3.5
Floppy Drive. Many Extras.
Can see at 406 A Locklear
St, May nor Manor,
Pembroke, NC. Internet
Ready. First $750.00.
r^WUIll ^r' *tan Knick* Dinctorj I
A friend visited The Center and left 1
us a copy of a recent and puzzling l
newsletter. It is entitled Hawk Talk c
(March/April 1997), and was produced ;
by a group of people in Texas. Their I
apparent leader is a man called (
Knowlcs Walking Bear. The t
newsletter amazes me. I
Among the more confusing things
arc assertions about the identity of the i
Lumbce (in an article entitled I
"Lumbec Cherokee"). The article i
defines (in part) the identity of these 1
Texas folks by saying that: "...a !
Lumbce is a descendant of members !
of one of the tribes historical ly located i
in and around the present state of North
Carolina, who has lost his ties with his
tribe, and cannot be recognized as a
mcmbcrof that tribe.... So.whatdowc
mean when we say we arc Lumbec
Cherokee? We arc saying we arc
Cherokee by blood who cannot
provide a direct lineage connection to
any federally recognized tribe. The
type of Cherokee we are is the same
type of Cherokee as those in Robeson
County, North Carolina who are called
Lumbce today...."
To my way of thinking, a
"Lumbec Cherokee" would be a
person with a Lumbec parent and a
Cherokee parent, or a person with
traceable Cherokee and Lumbec
grandparents (or great-grandparents
back there somewhere who are
conncctable to both tribes). How can
a person be LumbCe (or any other
tribe) without being connected in
some way to the families of the tribal
community (either living families or
past families)?
Texas is not the only place where
there has been some confusion about
Cherokecs and Lumbccs. Despite the
fact that The University of North
Carolina at Pembroke was for a short
period called "Cherokee Indian
I > 1 r- " '
formal School," I have not been able i
0 find any real documentary
ividence of an ancient historical or (
jenealogical connection between the '
ndians of this area and the Cherokee !
>cople of the North Carolina i
nountains. If anything, they were <
probably enemies in earlier times. 1
Most indigenous groups of the '
,nncr coastal plain and piedmont of
he Carolinas, from the Santcc River i
jp nearly to Virginia (including
Lumbcc, Waccamaw.Cheraw.Saponi, 1
Santce, Catawba, Eno, Occaneechi,
Saponi, Keyauwee, etc.) were
members of the Eastern Siouan
language family. They were
apparently not allies with the
Iroquoian language family
representatives (i.e., Tuscarora and
Cherokee).
"Cherokee" was a name proposed
for the school in the early part of this
century as a replacement for the name
"Croatan." This was mainly because
the word Croatan had come to be used
in a derogatory manner by some folks,
and because someone believed that
Cherokee was a more "acceptable"
Indian name. The name Croatan itself
was apparently a mistaken reading by
Hamilton Macmillan in the 1880s of
the Algonkian word "Croatoan"
(originally a place-name, not the name
of a tribe).
Most research has consistently
suggested an Eastern Siouan origin for
the core of the Lumbce, to which was
added Tuscarora (Iroquoian) and
1 latteras (Algonkian) * heritage after
European contact (Mooncy, 1907;
McPhcrson, 1915; Swanton, 1933;
Souui, 1V05; Pierce ct al, 1987; etc.).
The word "Lumbce" is traceable well
back into the 1800s as the ancient
name of the river (and thus, probably
as the ancient name of the core group
of Eastern Siouan Indian people living
1
dong its banks). , ' J
The Hawk Talk newsletter goes *
)n to saynhat these Texas folks are J?
'Lumbcc by virtue of our political ~ J}
itatus." The editor seems to imply that ?
myone who doesn't fit any other
ralcgory of Native Americans might II
5e called Lumbee. But I don't believe >
'Lumbcc" is a "political status." .? ?
Political status is something one
could chanpe. as one might change
from being a Republican to being a f|
Democrat If by "political status" they
really meant to say "legal status,"
that would still would be .
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problematic. Legal status is also * ji
something that could change, as
when the Pcquots were legally fJ
changed from non-fedcrally- JI
recognized status to federally- -?
recognized status. - fj
On the other hand, being Lumbee IJ
would seem to be something that could -J
not change. Either one is Lumbee, or . j,
part Lumbcc, or not at all. Either one - ; I
is Navajo, or part Navajo, or not at all. - C
Political and legal status would not
seem to have much to do with the I j
matter. Lumbee is a tribal affiliation ; V
based on genetic relationships with ^
other Lumbccs. There arc no non- !{
Catholic popes in the Roman Catholic . v
Church. Can there be any nonLumbcc
Lumbccs?
1 have no reason to doubt that
these folks in Texas are Lumbee or
Cherokee or anything else they might
say they are. If it's Lumbee, I !]
encourage them to contact Lumbcc *
Tribal Enrollment, where there is
genealogical information going back "J
alonglimcforjustaboutcvcrybodyin
the community. [j
For more information, visit the Ij
Native American Resource Center in
historic Old Main Building, on the {!
campus of The University of North U
Carolina at Pembroke. j ".
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Jackson Completes |
Teleflora fs 'Permanently In |
Season' Educational Program li
Raleigh, NC: Brandy Jackson of
Forsylhia's Florist in Maxton. NC.
has successfully completed
Tclcflora's first-ever silk design
workshop. '"Permanently In Season "
The workshop, created and sponsored
by Tclcflora Educational Services.
was held June 15. 1997. at
Cleveland Plant Co. in Raleigh. NC.
"Permanently In Season" features
hands-on. stcp-by-stcp. personalized
instruction, utilizing the four seasons
to create permanent floral designs
that can naturally enhance a
customers' home decor The program
stresses the importance of slaying
current on interior dccotaling
' trends and how they relate to customers'
decorating objectives the workshop
Jackson attended is one of 42
such events being held in various
cities in thcllnitcd States and Canada
The program will continue through
August 17. ' Jj
Thcscvcn-hourworkshops. which
make up the "Permanently In Season"
program, demonstrate innovative
ways to breathe life into permanent
floral materials. Featuring en- ? jj
icrlaining and informative prcscnla- ' Si
lions by some of the top designers in
the naiion. the workshops help florists
recognize various decorating
styles and elements in each style to
belter serve the needs of customers.
Jackson completed four designs
during the workshop that incorporate
various styles, including interpretative
parallel, garden architecture.
and European and decorative I
influences. '* k
Tclcflora isan international flowcrs-by-wirc
company serving florists
worldwide Thcconipany hasolTiccs {:
in Los Angeles. California, and
Paragould. Arkansas.
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lirandy Jackson displays a floral design she created during the
hands-on silk design, "Permanently In Season," presented hy
Teleflora. J
[ Kick-Off Rally For 1 j
Sheriff Glenn Maynor I
*
at Pembroke Middle School
Friday, July 18,1997 i
BBQ or Chicken (Chicken Bog also)
Contributions $5.00 or more
/1:00 a. in. until 7:30 p. tit
You may pay at the door
Jj{
The Natural Dentist
lllfejj.ilJull Herbal Mouth and
M?MSB Gum Therapy"'
Available at Health and Natural Food Stores J
Fof i ttan Mil yo?. ctll WH1HM MoMKlIMm PnM. NrtLM. HJQ7024:
Alcohol Kills!
Choose a Better Path
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CHOOSE TRADITION NOT ADDICTION
Know the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse
A message from United National Indian Tribal Youth
Drinking and
Powwows -~
Pont I
CHOOSE TRADITION
S not addiction
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Robeson Community College
Adjunct Faculty Positions
The college is accepting resumes to increase its pool of applicants to teach evening classes on the main campus in the following
areas: v
Anatomy^Physiology-Masters Degree in biological sciences or a Masters Degree with 18 hours in biological sciences,
anatomy/physiology or a professional degree in medicine
Accounting- Masters Degree or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in accounting; CPA or CM A desirable, previous
teaching and/or related work experience preferred
Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration- Associate Degree in Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration, previous
teaching and/or work experience preferred
frf-Masters Degree in art or a Masters Degree with 18 hours in art
Hioiogy- Masters Degree in biology or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in biology
Computer Technology- Masters Degree in computer science or related computer field, previous teaching and/ or related work
experience preferred
Culinary Technology- Associate Degree in Culinary Technology or related field, previous teaching and/or related work
experience preferred
Economics-Masiers Degiee in economics or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in economics; previous teaching and/
or related work experience preferred
Electrical/Electronics Technology-\ssoc\aic Degree in electronics engineering technology or electronics technology with
proficiency in basic electronics theory and troubleshooting, previous teaching and/or work experience preferred
English-Masters Degree in Fnglish or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in English
History- Masters Degree in History or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in History
Industrial Maintenance Technology-Associate Degree in industrial maintenance technology with proficiency in electromechanical
theory, machine processes and troubleshooting, previous teaching and/or related work experience pieferred
Management Information .Systems-Masters Degree in information systems or a Masters Degree with 18 giaduate hours in
management information systems or a computer related field, previous teaching and/or related work experience preferred
Mrtf/i-Masters Degree in math or a Masters Degree with 18 hours in Math
Nursing Assistant-Associate Degree in RN with unencumbered license, minimum or two years experience as a registered
nurse, experience in teaching adults and/or supervisory nurse aides, and one year's experience in providing care for the elderly
or chronically ill of any age
Physics-Masters Degree in physics or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in physics
Political Science- Masters Degree in political science or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in political science
Psychology-Masters Degree in psychology or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in psychology
Sociology-Masters Degree in sociology or a Masters Degree with 18 graduate hours in sociology
All applicants must submit a cover letter, an RCC Application, reference forms, and official transcripts to VP of Personnel
Services, Robeson Community College, PO Box 1420, Lumberton, NC 28359. EOE/AA
    

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