\ By Alia Nye OxcndincJ
3 7 Years Old
Now it's almost impossible for mc
to believe that, had he not been killed
(along w ith is father, hisbrothcr, and
their friend. Junior), only three weeks
after his 20th birthday, Donny would
have turned 37 on Saturday, June 14
Being with Byron during most of
his first 19 (now 20) months has
brought back many precious memories
of my own two little boys and
their sister. Wanda Kay. Byron's
' Once again. 1 remember how excited
1 Was on Flag Day, 1960, to be
awake for the birth of my first child
For nine months, as he was developing
inside mc. I had experienced
whatbccominga mothcrmeans. Now
F was meeting my baby boy face to
- Like Byron. Donny was soon-an
extremely active, alert little fellow
always ready to learn and explore
And yet, 1 still find myself
calling Byron "Gordon" from time
Re-living memories of my own
lyvoJaoys is a bittersweet experience.
Although it was easier to keep them
In the BACK of my mind before
Byron was born, thinkingaboutthem
more often is helpful to the ongoing
long term healing process.
This month marks 21 years since
1 began this column, and 17 years
since our family's accident.
. God, and other people, have been
SO good to help Wanda Kay and mc
n,iake it through thee past 17 years!
The North Carolina Indian Cultural
Center would like to thank tho?
organizations that made generous
donations toward the purchase of
,fireworks for the successful 1 ndependencc
Day festivities held July 5th at
Although a sudden thunderstorm
forced an interruption in this year's
fircworksdisplay. those not fired this
year will be added to next year's
fireworks for an even bigger and
more exciting event Plan to bring
y our family and friends to next y ear's
festivities at he North Carolina Indian
The Center would like to recognize
and give a special thanks to the
following businesses: Cyna's Jewelers.
Inc.. Daniel's Home Bakery of
NC. Inc . Linda's Restaurant. Scottish
Food Systems. Inc.. Luntbcc
Guaranty Bank. Pembroke Hardw are.
Town of Pembroke. Harris Insurance
Co.. Park 'N Shop food Mart. Inc..
Muffler House #9.
Letters to the Editor
Did LRDA Molate Henry Brewer's Rights?
To the Editor:
On June 9, 1997, Henry B. Brewer.
a Lumbee Tribal enrolled member.
entered the LRDA office to re
ceive an application to apply for the
North Carolina Indian Commission
seat for District III and discovered
that he would be mandated to take
an "Oath of Representation to serve
for the LRDA Board of Directors"
and not the Lumbee Tribe. He could
not sign that oath with good faith
that he could serve the interest of the
Lumbee Tribe. Henry decided to get
a copy of the North Carolina Commission
of Indian Affairs policy and
procedures to review and discovered
that the policy procedure or General
Statue 143b-407. (a) stated. "These
Indian members shall be selected by
tribal or community consent from
the Indian groups that are recognized
by the State of North Carolina
and are principally geographically
located as follows: the Lumbees of
Robeson, Hoke and Scotland Counties
The N.C. statue did not say that
an oath would have to be signed
through LRDA in order to get the
right to serve on the N.C. Indian
Commission. The discovery is that
the Lumbee rights are slowly taken
away from us because we allow LR'
DA to add mandates that gives them
the rights to have total control of our
rights and for some our everyday
Henry decided to make an application
by striking through all the
wording in the application that stated
he would be mandated to serve
the interest of the LRDA Board of
Directors. The application was
turned in on June 10. 1997 and Hen
-ry explained to the LRDA Director
James Hardin that he had a
grievance with the application process
and James Hardin said that the
LRDA Election Committee would
have to review it to make a decision.
On Saturday, June 28. 1997,
Henry received a certified letter in
the mail that he had been denied the
nghi to run lor the N.C. Commission
of Indian Affairs because he
would not accept the mandate to
serve in the interest of the LRDA
Board "of Directors. Henry decided
that this is an issue that needs to be
changed so he wrote a letter to the
following people asking for the right
to run for the Indian Commission
without the LRDA oath: James
Hunt, North Carolina Governor;
Greg Richardson. Executive Director
of Indian Commission; Mike
Easeley, N.C. Attorney General and
all the N.C. Indian Commission
members. Henry has asked the
Commission to give him a reply and
to also suspend the election until his
grievance has been reviewed for an
answer of good or bad merit.
What do you think? Should Henry
have to fight for his Lumbce
Rights? Do you know that this right
was also your rights? Should you get
involved to help make a change?
Now is the time and chance!!!! We
should speak out and let our voices
be heard! Henry has made a loud cry
that should be joined by all Lumbees
to let agencies like LRDA know that
we are the Lumbee Tribe and not an
agency representing or serving a
Board of Directors. Make a change,
. David Lowerv
JobReady Program Not
Good for Children
To the Editor:
I recently attended a briefing at
the state legislature and learned that
over $6 billion of our tax dollars arc
going to the federal government and
then coming back to approximately
18 state agencies with federal strings
attached and bypassing the N.C.
State Legislature. Of the more than
$6 billion, $30 million is coming to
the Governor's Workforce Preparedness
Commission for the
state's JobReady program, which
will include all students. Children as
early as II to 13 years-of-age will
be asked to choose career paths.
' The program advertises that employers
will be able "to grow their
m -W m m>
own employees" in our schools, and
that employers are to be "equal partners"
with parents. I Find this very
objectionable and hope all concerned
citizens reading this will contact
me for further information, and
that you will also contact Rep.
Yongue to express your concern.
Let us stand up for our children's
future with the freedom and liberty |
principles which belong to the par- |
ents regarding educating our children
through K-12. Then let the
child have the freedom and liberty in
making a choice on their own for a
career path... i
' Lumberton (
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A "NEW HAT" FOR DEMOCRAT
To I lie Editor:
I Pram Nlmighty God for the Holy Breath of Life.
My Spoken and Written Wordt have. again. proven "TrothfyL" A "New Hat" far
Democrat Donald Homier whoie Elections Campaign Card had two "D'l"?"D"-Demoerat;
and "l>"-Donald. Now. another "D" is added by the "Insider" which ii published by a
Stale Government News Service.
Can we interpret the last "D" as "DUMMY" OR "DUNCE?" Does his Grade "D"
represent his lark of knowledge to Speak. Revise. Write, and Gain Ratification of State
Laws favorable for ALL People?
lionner knows he deserves the "D" as he barely missed Grade "F."
I was fold Bonner said he is now learning, and he only ran against Frances Cummings
because she changed her Political Party. I will say. "Bonner has not enough 'Knowledge or
Strength' to have 'Wisdom or Speed' to Win a Race against Frances M. Cummings.
Frances Mr Arthur Cummings was "Re-Elected" by all "Wise Voters" who did "Shade the
OVAL or pulled Lever I3-C" nest to her name.
Democrat Donald lionner was "Hauled-in and Dragged-in" with the "Straight Democrat
N oting Ticket." Bonner "NVas Not Elected." The Democrat Political Party's name was
Elected: NOT Donald lionner.
Straight- Ticket Voting for the Democrat Political Party or the Republican Parly carries lo
the NC General Assembly or Congress (Washington) the "Wise and Fools" together.
Therr is no Political Parly that has ALL Wise Members. They ad have (he "Wise and
Fools" together. Therefore. "Vole and Elect" the name of the "Candidate."
The Honorable Frances McArthttr Cummings received a Beautiful Plaque during her First
Term that stairs:
A+ LEGISLATOR AWARD
Representative Frances Cummings
FOR EXEMPLARY SUPPORT OF
PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CHILDREN. AND TEACHERS
IN NORTH CAROLINA.
1993-94 Legislative Session
North Carolina Association of Educators
Was Democrat Donald Banner, as always rlaimiag he is a Retired Educator, acknowledged
j liv Hie NC Association of Educators? ANSWER: "NO." "WHY?"
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j Donald lionner is a "Student" in the NC General Assembly lo Learn. Frances Cummings.
A "Wise Kobrsonian." carried to the General Assembly a proposal for the Southeastern
Agriculture Crater/Farmers Market which was fonded with S6.1 Million dollan and anaay
oilier plans for Robeson. Ilokr. and Scotland Counties-Distract (7 which she succeeded to
have accomplished. ^
Frances M. Cummings did nol ascend Ibe Stairway of the NC General Assembly to leara.
hul rather. Frances had known how to Speak, Write, and Revise Slate Laws for People's
Progressive Prosperity. Iter first week, Frances hsd the language revised for the House
Rules Business Sessions.
Bonner should have, as Frances Cummings. enrolled as a 'Fellow' in the Institute of
Senator David NVrinstrin did more for the African-American Cultural Center than Bonner
ivim is an African-American. . . .,
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Hep. Hon Sutton, a Native American.inccreded lo have extension of fiate for the NCi .
Indian Cultural Center in Pembroke.
House District *7 nerds a Slate Representative who is "Wise Enough" to Leave a Political
Party's name al the 'tloor' of the General Assembly aad Step in as a Slate Representative as
Frances M. fumniings. who sheltered nol under a Political Party bat had the 'NVisdosn' lo
Promote the "Kev In Progress."
QUESTION: Who Can Surpass The Honorable Frances McArthor Cummings" Successful
\NSWER: Someone Else Iml "Not Democrat Donald Bonner."
TRUE FACTS: Many Voters who voted a Straight Democrat Ticket are presently
shedding " Tears" due lo Democrat Donald Bonner's presence m the NC General Assembly.
These Voters now realize their grievous mistake, however. "Ton Late, Too Late Shall Be
Their (Try." Bonner's Elections Radio Ads of LIES. LIES, LIES On Never Create Success
hr House District 87.
Look forward for Frances M. Cummings' Decision hr Congressional District 7 Candidacy
during October 1997.
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