' TF CAROLINA INDIAN VOICE v ished each Thursday by First American Publications, Pembroke, NC VOLUM^24 ' _ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4,1997 TWENTY-FIVE CENTS Re lon'Sutton announces for re-election to I Ho use of Representatives-District 85 Rep. Ron Sutton has announced his candidacy for a fourth term in the North Carolina House of Representatives. A Pembroke attorney in private practice at 2028 Union Chapel Road. Sutton said, "I am one of only sixteen^ attorneys in the N.C. House. The number of attorneys in the House has declined significantly in recent years due to the amount of time required to serve in Raleigh." v, Sutton continued. "As 1 began my third term inthc North Carolina House of Representatives, I was fortunate to receive all the specific commityfc assignments requested. This is unusual, especially for me a Democrat and a member of the minority party as the House is led now by Republicans by a slight 61/59 majority . "I am extremely proud of the many bills and provisions 1 sponsored this past session to benefit District 85. One major accomplishment was my bill to extend the life of the North Carolina Indian Cultural Center. Without an extension of time to raise additional funds, the Indian Cultural Center would have gone out of existence in May 1997. My bill not only gave them four additional years, it caused the entire Board to be reorganized aud placed the Board under the oversight of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs. The new Indian Cultural Center Board is to be sworn in on, December l^feln Raleigh. "Another of my statewide bills became law on December 1st. IT is the Speeding to Elude Law . This bill significantly strengthens the penalties for attempting to speed arid elude a law enforcement officials in the performance of their dulv. Now the officcr cttfbrcak off the cfiasc once he c<1h identity the vehicle! In addition, there arecightaggrawating factors that when violated can cause the charge to be a felony with a loss of drivers license up to three years. Similar bills have been filed for the past several years without success. My bill makes N.C. one of the toughest states on eluding drivers. It is expected to save many lives each year. "When the Senate Budget had provisions for 6 million dollars for a University of North Carolina at Pembroke Dormitory and one million for the Southeastern Farmers Market and Agricultural Center. I fought diligently to cause the House leadership to keep them in the final budget. This was a combined effort of the entire delegation and as the senior member of the delegation 1 worked exhaustively to coordinate our efforts. "One of the most significant bills passed this past session was the Excel fcnl Schools Act. This Act. with bipartisan support, significantly raises the salary of teachers, raises student performance standards, raises the standards for prospective teachers entering the profession, and places.more accountability at the school and indi^ vidual levels "Another important accomplishment is the stronger DW I law. It signi ficantly toughens sentencing and allows the stale to lake and "sell the "vehicles of repeat offenders, with the proceeds going to the public schools. The purpose of- this law is to "gel tough" w ith repeat drunk driv ers who continue to drive when their license is suspended or revoked for a prior DW1 offense. While I supported the final DWI Bill I'woikcddiligcntly to modify the vehicle confiscation provision in committee. Although I could not get them totally eliminated, 1 was able to let them softened somewhat with previsions that allowccrtain owners other titan the charged driver to keep their vehicles. "1 chaired a?Judiciary.lI Sub-Committee rewriting the dog fighting laws of this state. It is now a felony and penalties arc tougher and more easily enforced. Another bill I handled in committee and on the House floor was one making individuals civilly liable for their rescue costs when they willfully ignore proper authorities asking them to leave certain potential disaster areas and later arc rescued at government expense. This should reduce taxpayer expenses rescuing people that cause their own dilemmas. "In addition to the above bills. I was involved in several others that had an impact on the cili/cns in District 85. "One bill allowed the,North Caro lina Indian Cultural Center access to $1000,000.00 for operating expenses. I This was unrelated to my prior bill i extending the lire of the center. "A second bill eliminated the posi-'; non of the Robeson County Coroner The spunty commissioners had not filled this vacant position and asked that it be eliminated to conform with < most other counties in the state. Another of my bills requires all ! statewide district attorneys to give a , written notice of dismissals when the ' defendant and/or their attorney arc not in court. This prevents instances of individuals remaining in jail at taxpayers expense after charges against them have been dismissed. "I was the chief sponsor of a Resolution honoring the life of the late former Representative. Dr. Adolph L Dial. His family and friends were in vitcd lo be present in the House Chamber during the presentation honoring his lifcand service to society. All other local delegation members joined in co-sponsoring and speaking on the Resolution. "Another important responsibility I had was serving on the Congressional Redisricting Committee. We re-drew the 12 Congressional Districts and I was able to keep Robeson. Hoke and Scotland Counties basically in the same posture as before redisricting. "I am working with various Hoke County individuals and groups on efforts to consider the merits of developing Hoke County Commissioner Districts. This is a matter that the entire delegation will be considering in the near future. "I directed vigorous attention to the amount ofhighway construction. highway maintenance and ground highway safely improvements ongoing in the District. I have led the fight for stoplights, improved road shoulder and road construction. "The much needed turn lanes and stop light improvements *ftt, the NC 710/SR 1339 West of PcmbYoltC ifr" Workshops Planned to Trainer Tutors The Robeson County Church and Community Center offers (at no charge) a two session workshop to ram volunteer tutors. These certified prc?,rcd 10 lulor school children in reading at the Countv elementary schools. The workshops arc P?i . ?"cor,,lc resource rooms in (he Planetarium or the Public Schools of Robeson -County . For more information and to register for the workshop crs) it 521P?yifrunn,n?h<,m Orainrv? ? L2 or ,h<? Robeson S?m riK-5204and C?mmunil> Ccn" Pembroke Fire Dept. to host fund raising event n,Jthc Pembroke City Fire DepartS Ik ,S v,ng a special fund drive for t he next several weeks in cooperation with Community Support Services Families will be contacted b\ FnrhV i8St0 makc a P'edge SitdifuNOvn ^),cdgcs rcccivcs a beautiful 10x13 Canvas Mount Portra.tcomplimcntsofthcFirc Department ProcccdsarcbcinguscdtocquiD a first response vehicle ForanvSddf v? T!! 0n ca" 1-800-25326IX They appreciate your past supMs year forward to your help Gospel film available for local churches The film "The Shroud" is available (o be shown at your church by request Also available on the 16mm film is Daniel in the Lion's Den." For further information call 5218928 soon forth coming Construction has begun on the intersection after the contract was awarded a month ago A much needed new tight was installed in Lumber Bridge, another near Prospect School and at other locations hrough the District "The fiv e laning of Prospect Road front NC 711 to Eureka Road near St. Annah Church is a product of my iniativc This will be a tremendous safety factorjiear the university as sell as enhances the looks of the university and surrounding area "My membership on the Appropriations Committee.. Cub-Committee on Transportation allows me to keep constant contact with Department of Transportation officials. In addition my personal and professional relationship w ith the tw o DOT Board Members serving this region is also a factor in getting things done for this District. "Presently, ion between sessions. I am a member of the Juvenile Code Sub-Committee of the Governor's Juvenile Task Force as we rewrite the juvenile laws of this state. In addition I am working with Wilton Wilkcrson and the other members of our Litter Task Force in Robeson County to improve our litter situation. This is a group I formed to address the far reaching problems of litter in Robeson County. "There arc several things that still need to be addressed. Locally w e need more funding for the Farmers Market and Agricultural Center. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke needs funds for the Economic Development Center Building on campus. The new North Carolina Indian Cultural Center Board will need assistance as they move forward towards construction at the cultural center. We need to get additional industry paying decent wages to replace and add to those that arc leaving or reducing employees We need to continue funding our public schools, improve teaching salaries, and explore more alternative learning opportunities for our students "Although certain crimes are on the decline, we need more state troopers as the number of drivers and vehicles on the roads are increasing significantly each year. We need to explore more effective andefficicnt ways for the state to assist local law enforcement with the drug problem in our state. "Another key area that must be addressed is that of the hog farmers and our environment. We are working diligently to resolve this issue in a manner acceptable to the farmers and the local citizens. Water pollution and especially the waters of our rivers must be addressed immediately. Safe drinking water is critical and we cannot allow ourselves to get behind on this issue. "1 have enjoyed serv ing District 85 for the past two terms and I'm looking forward to continuing to represent you in the future. 1 thank you, the voters, for your past faith in me and reiterate my vow to always represent all mu district to the best of my ability. "My District 85 local otfi.ee is located inmy lawofficeonUnion Chapel Road in Pembroke. 1 stand ready to assist you in any in any way 1 can. 1 invite you to either call my district office at ( 910) 521- 4797 or visit my district office between the hours of 8:30 a m -4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 208 Union Chapel Road in Pembroke should you need or desire my assistance " Bctw ecu sessions I w ill be traveling extensively throughout District 85 in Robeson and Hoke Counties. I solicit your support as I begin my campaign for a fourth term. Ifl can be of assistance do not hesitate to call on me". Lumbee River EMC returns $1.5 Million to membetrs on December electric bills Amounts to Individual savings of$25.00per 1000 Kilowatt Hours (kWh) , Red SprUtgs-Lumbee River EMC's board of directors has approved returning approximately $1.5 million in credits to members on their December electric bills. The credits will be reflected on individual electric bills, and will amount to $25.00 per 1000 k Wh (kilowatt-hour) usage. The amount of savings will vary depending on how much electricity the member uses during the billing cycle. "The good news is partly the result of a relatively mild winter so far, but some of the savings can be credited to the efficiency of the employees and the cost-cutting efforts of the board of directors and staff," said Ronnie E. Hunt, the co-op's steady growth was also cited as one of the positive factors resulting in the return of the SI.5 million in savings to the members. The general manager said in closing, "Returning these savings to the members in the form of credits, rather than paying dividends to stockholders, is just one more way co-ops distinguish themselves from large, for profit utilities. I am happy that your co-op was able to return these savings to the members during this holiday season." Lubee River EMC is a member owned, not-for-profit electric coopearative, overseen by a board of directors elected by the members, serving approximately 39,000 customers In Robeson, Cumberland, Hoke and Scotland counties. Tribal Council wants LRDA investigated because of Audit Report The Tribal Council for the Lumbee Tribe of Cheraw Indians has released the following news release relative to the June 30, 1996 Audit Report for Lumbee Regional Development Association (LRDA). "We, at the Lumbee T ribal Government are deeply concerned that federal funds to provide jobs and job training opportunities for Lumbee people have been diverted to other purposes. According to the recent LRDA audit report, approximately $70,000 of Job TrainingPartnership Act (JTPA) f .nds for one year were diverted to LRDA Administration, rather than into jobs and job training for Lumbee people as intended by the federal grant. The LRDA audit states that the actual amount of federal JTPA dollars that may have been spent in nonauthorized JTPA activity for 1995-96 as "indeterminable," Moreoever, LRDA auditors report that their findings are a "repeat finding" from the previous year, indicating to us, at the Tribal Government, that the spending offederal funds in non:authorized federal activity is a reoccuring problem at LRDA.; "Overtheyears LRDA has received approximately $100 million in federal Sants to provide needed services to e Lumbee people. At the point, we have no certain knowledge of just how much of this money may have been diverted to "unallowable" LRDA activity. "We do know, however, that in he past few years LRDA has experienced serious financial problems. It is evident from the audit report that LRDA, a non profit corporation, is managing a high long term debt, secured by land, equipment and at least one vehicle. In addition, LRDA is involved in bankruptcy proceedings with Lumbee Industries, a for-profit corporation owned by LRDA. with the period of time covered by the audit report, the audit report notes that LRDA paid out to Lumbee Industries approximately $69,000 and, four months later, wrote the $69,000 off as a *bad debt' on the LRDA financial statement. "The Lumbee people are fortunate that the news of this audit got out. Otherwise the Lumbee people would never know what LRDA does or doesn't do in the name of the Lumbee people,' said Dr. Dalton P,. Brooks, Chairman of the Lumbee Tribe. "This whole incident just proves the need for the Lumbee Tribal government to be administering these funds,' said Brooks. "When I served on the Constitution Assembly, we responded to the people's demand for a government tnat was accountable to them. LRDA, on the other hand, is accountable to no one except its board of directors said Council member Linda Hammonds. 'Because these funds were granted and administered in the name of the Lumbee people, LRDA owes the Lumbee people a fulhexplanation. "We believe the LRDA, we responded to the people's demand for as government that was accountable to them. LRDA on the other hand, is accountable to no one except it's board of directors, "said Council member Linda Hammonds. " Because these funds were granted and administered in the name of the Lumbee people, LRDA owes the Lumbee people a full explanation. "We believe the LRDA audit report mandates public scrunity. "We believe the Lumbee people are entitled to a full disclosure of the facts and that the best way for this to happen is through a federal investigative audit. For these reasons, The Lumbee Tribal government will call upon the appropriate authorities for a full investigation into LRDA's management of federal funds." Mr. Delton Oxendine, Speaker Lumbee Tribal Council Dr. Joesph Bell addresses AISAES Conference Dr. Joseph T. Bell, Lumbee from Pembroke, North Carolina spoke at the Annual Indian Sciepce and Engineering Society Conference at Houston, Texas, on November 22, 1997. Dr. Bell was on a panel with other Indian physicians which included Kelly Mdore, M.D. ( Creek); Ben Muneta, M.D. (Cfeek), Ben Muneta' M.D. ( Navajo); and Walt Hollow, M.D. ( Assinoboine/ Sioux). The panel talked about opportunities in .health careers for Native Americans and also about diabetes in Indian country. The Conference/Workshop was attended by approximately 70 students ranging from high school to college and medical students. Also attending the Annual Confer ence were high school students trom AISES chapters in Robeson County, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke AISES chapter the North Carolina Chapel Hill AISE Chapter. Native American medical students attending the Conference from North Carolina included Christina Hardin, Janet Harris, Tina Griffin ( Lumbee), and Andrew Haputo (Cherokee). For Native American students inI terestcd in science, engineering, or health professions, AlSES is a wonderful program to get involves with on a high school, college, or professional level. If there are any questions concerning AlSES, please contact your high school or college counselor. Next year's Annual Conference for AlSES will be in Denver, Colorado, the first week in December. Harvey Godwin, center, contributes to UNC Pembroke scholarship programs. Pictured are Chancellor Joseph B. Oxendlne and Mrs. Denlce Page Chair of the UNCP Foundation Inc. board of Directors. Godwin contributes to UNCP scholarship programs PEMBROKE? Harvey Godwin knows how to give thanks during the holiday season. The president of West Eagle Job-Net. whose son is a third generation student . at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, recently contributed to three projects at the University. Beneficiaries of Mr. Godwin's second S1,000 in two years to the UNCP Foundation, Inc. are the UNCP Music Society, the Native American Resource Center and the Julian T. Pierce Endowed Memorial Scholarship. " My family and I owe a lot to this institution" said Mr. Godwin, a 1990 UNCP graduate and a Chancellor's Club member. " My mother is a retired school teacher, and without this school, she would have never had the opportunity." UNCP Chancellor Joseph B. Oxendine thanked Mr. Godwin for the gift. " The Godwin family's long association with the University is something for all of us to celebrate," Chancellor Oxendine said." And we thank Mr. Godwin for remembering us with contributions to three important programs." "Rock 'n roll is not one of the Music Department's courses, but they have encouraged Cody by giving him a lot of positive feedback," Mr. Godwin said. " I believe that gifts to the Music Society are a good investment". Mr. Godwin said the Julian T. Pierce Scholarship, which he has been associated with from it's inception, is a growing endowment at UNCP. Two scholarships to UNCP students were granted this year from the endowment." We're very proud of the community effort behind the Pierce Scholarship," he said. This is a proud day for mc to give back something to the University that means so mucn to me." Mr. Godwin's selection of the Native American Resource Center is also rooted in the family history. The center has recently made available recordings of the Lumbec tribal elders including an interview with John Godwin. Mr. Godwin's grandfather. " The family was very excited when we heard about this project," he said. " We have made an appointment to hear the recordings over the holidays." Harvey Godwin has found a lot to give thanks for. and UNC Pembroke is a better place because of his generosity. Well, known for his role of Henry Berry Lowcrie in the outdoor drama " Strike at the Wind!" Mr. Godwin is the president of the thriving employment agency. West Eagle Job-Net, which has six offices in North Carolina. His son Cody, is a music major and a member of the popular rock band Stone Feather.