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Published each Thursday m Pembroke, N.C. Pembroke
CAROLINA INDIAN VOICE
"lUiililing Communicative [fridges In A Tri-Kncinl Setting"
VOLUME 28 NUMBER 45 THURSDA Y, NOVEMBER 8, 2001 ^7
Incumbents returned to
Pembroke Town Council
With an extremely low turn
out, the voters of Pembroke returned
Councilrnen to the Town Council
l.arry T Brooks. long tune
councilman and mayor pro tern
was re-elected and was high vote
getter Unofficial results show
Brooks received 284 votes
Allen O Dial, seeking his second
term received 242 votes
Kyle Ann Lowry-Malcolm was
third in the three man race for two
seats She received 220 votes
Larry T. Brooks
Pembroke Housing Authority
PEMBROKE- the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) has awarded the designation of HIGH PERFORMER to
the Pembroke Housing Authority for the twelve-month period ending December
31.2000. The designation is awarded annually to any public housing agency
across the country that scores at least ninety percent during the Public Housing
Assessment System (PHAS) evaluation process.
"We are very happy to receive this distinction from HUD. All year long we
work hard to provide housing assistance to the best of our ability, hoping to
make a difference. It's nice to be recognized for our efforts." states Lemark
Harris, Executive Director for the Pembroke Housing Authority.
The PHAS evaluation process examines in great detail four basic components
Physical Inspection. Financial Condition, Management Operations, and
Resident Satisfaction. "Despite being designated a high performer since 1994.
we were anxiously awaiting this score because it is the first full-year that HUD
has issued scores under the revised PHAS model," states Harris. "Upon careful
review of our scores we will be able to identify' areas that can be improved
upon and hopefully increase our score next year."
"We were extremely proud of the fact that we scored ninety percent on the
resident survey component," states Harris. "This component is new to the
process and one that a lot of housing agencies fear the most. However, we
constantly receive feedback from our residents via monthly meetings, phone
calls, and face-to-face conversations with management. Therefore, we have
been in contact with our clients and have addressed any concerns that might
affect their community."
The advantages of receiving this designation are numerous. The Pembroke
Housing Authority is able to make quicker decisions and revise budgets as
necessary without prior approval from the HUD Field Office in Greensboro,
North Carolina. "We hope to continue to utilize this increased management
flexibility to it's fullest potential. Although HUD is our friend, we will always
know what is best for the people of the community of which we serve. It's nice
not to have to get approval for every little detail," states Harris. To help ensure
that this process in accountable, HUD requires an independent audit of
the Authority's operations annually. The Pembroke Housing Authority has
successfully undergone each of these audits without a-single finding since
1994. "We take our role as a steward of public funds serious," replies Harris.
"Every funding decision we make is carefully scrutinized to match established
priorities that provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing."
Purnell Swett High Student
Meadors Named AP Scholar
Tyson Meadors, a senior of Purnell
Swett High School, has been
named AP Scholar by the college^
Board in recognition of their exceptional
achievement on the collegelevel
AP exams. Only about 13 percent
of the more than 840,000 students
in 13.680 schools who took
AP Exams in May 2001 performed
at a sufficiently high level to merit
Students take AP Exams in May
after completing challenging college-level
course at their high
schools. The college Board recognizes
several levels of achievement
based on the number of yearlong
courses and exams.
At Purnell Swett High School,
Meadors qualified for the National
AP Scholar Award by earning an
average grade of 4 or higher on three
or more AP Exams on full-year
Commended Student in the 2002
The principal. Wesley Revels, of
Purnell Swett High School announced
today that Tyson Meadors has been,
named Commended student in the
2002 National Merit scholarship program.
A Letter of Commendation '
from the school and National Merit
Scholarship Corporation (NMSC),^
which conducts the program, will be
presented by the principal to this scholastically
Being recognized for their exceptional
academic promise arc a total of
about 34,000 Condemned Students
throughout the nation. Although they
will not continue in the 2002 competition
for Merit Scholarship awards,
Condemned students placed among
the top five percent of more than one
million students who entered the 2002
competition by taking the 2000 Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship
"The young men and women named
commended Students have demonstrated
outstanding academic potential
by their performance in our very
competitive Merit Program." commented
a spokesperson for National
Merit Scholarship Corporation. "In a
nation that values exceHeneeHt is
important to publicly honor scholastically
talented youth and acknowledge
the role schools play in nurturing
their development. We hope this
recognition will augment the educational
opportunities of Commended
Students and encourage all student to
strive to realize their potential.
Semi-Finalist for Morehead
Tyson Mcaduis wjs selected as a
semifinalist for the Morehead Scholarship
Tyson has received the following
academic honors: National Merit
Qualifier. Student body president,
ranked ti\ in a class of 235. voted
Most Likely to Succeed. 4.00 GPA.
1450 SAT score, National Honor Society.
Sophomore Student of Excellence.
superintendent's award Winner.
Coca Cola Scholar athlete, school
subject awards in Spanish II and III.
chemistry honors, physics honors, advanced
math honors and AP calculus
A and B. AP U.S. History. English
honors, dramatics, play production II
Athletic accomplishments include:
two time fist team- Wendy's High
School Heisman nominee. All Robeson
County football Team, led football
team in scoring and total offense
; in 20000. won Tommy Martin'
Scholar/Athletic Leadership Award,
most Valuable Wrestler, third place in
Conference tournament in 2001. state
qualifier in the Pole-Vault, holds the
^school record in the Pole-Vault, the
only four sport athlete in school, and
played third seed on men's tennis
His community involvement include:
Relay for Life Volunteer. Special
Olympics Volunteer, peer tutorm
math tutor for at-risk elementary age
students, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership
Conference Participant for the
North Carolina East Region.
Brooks Chosen as First Native
American Homecoming Queen
at East Carolina University
The 2001 Homecoming at East
Carolina University was filled with
excitement of the Native American
community because it presented a
number of firsts! Miss Sherese
Brooks, a Lumbee Indian, was the
first from her tribe to be chosen as
Patrick Suarez. was the first from the
Meherrin tribe from Ahoskie, N.C.
to be chosen as Homecoming King:
this was the first time that a couple
had been chosen; the first time that
Native Americans had been chosen,
and the first time that both recipients
were from the same organization.
which was the East Carolina
Native American Organization.
Upon receiving the honor. Miss
Brooks said. "1 want to thank the
Lord. I truly appreciate all that voted
for me, especially Tyler Hall." She
further stated that "1 will gladly represent
my Native American heritage
and ECU with integrity, grace, and
honor. I thank god first from whom
all blessings flow." Patrick stated
that, "I am very excited and overwhelmed.
It's unbelievable.' I'm
happy that my girlfriend and I won."
Brooks is a 19-year-old sophomore
musing major from Pembroke.
She is of the Lumbee Tribe and is
treasurer of Sigma Omicron Epsilon,
the Native American sorority.
She is the daughter of Dr. David and
Wanda Brooks. She has a twin sister,
Chamainc. who is attending
UNC-Chapel Hill. Sherese also has
two brothers. David E. (Skegee),
and Byron, and a sister. Sierra, who
live at home. Sherese is a 2000
graduate of Purnell Swett High,
where she excelled in academics and
leadership. She is a member of Bear
Swamp Baptist Church, where she
is actively involved in the Youth
Choir. Her e-mail address most appropriately
defines her personal itySmilev-Twin@Yahoo.com!
only smiles a lot, but there is substance
behind her smile. She has been
a great role model for her peers and
younger siblings. She loves helping
people^pspecially her immediate
family*^ well as her extended family
(which includes aunts, uncles, and
cousins). Her desire to help her fellowman
led her to pursue a degree as
a Nurse Practitioner.
The Homecoming King, Patrick
Suarez, is the son of Mrs. Patricia
Brown of Ahoskie, N.C.-, and he is a
Junior majoring in recreational
The Native American Heritage
Month activities at ECU will finish
with an Elders Council. The council
will feature several speakers representing
Pembroke Veterans to
honor Korean War Veteran
The Pembroke Veterans will honor
the late Furman Williams. Jr. following
the Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 2001.
Furman Williams Jr. was bom in
Stewartsville, NC on September 21,
1932 to Quitman Furman Williams
and Mary Jane Chavis Williams. QF
Williams, a veteran of WWI. was the
first Commander of the American
Legion J.D. Monroe Post No 42,
Lumbcrton, NC from 1919-1920.
Mary Jane Chavis Williams was one
of the daughters of Sandy Chavis and
Furman's mother, a member of the
I.umbee people, died on October 3,
1934. Furman lived with his father in
a variety of locations over the next
few years 1 lis father died on September
13, 1938, and he was led a true
Janie 1 largrave of Lumbcrton. NC.
a friend of the family, arranged to
have him sent up to Hliada Orphanage
in Asheville, NC. He was officially
adoptedby Eliada onFebruary 9,1939,
and arrived a the Orphanage in March
of 1939. Furman lived at Eliada until
June 1950, at which time he enlisted
in the Army.
Furman fought in the Korean War
as a Rifleman with Company L, 7th
Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in
1950-51. While with Company L, he
received a Silver Star, Bronze Star
with "V" and a Purple Heart as well as
3 Presidential Unit Citations, for action
SFC Williams made a career in the
Army, eventually joining Company 1,
11 th Armored Calvary Regiment.
While he was stationed in Germany,
Furman drowned on July 11, 1959 at
the age of 26, saving the life of a
young child who had fallen into the
Furman's body was returned to
Eliada. and he was buried in the Green
Hills Cemeterv in Asheville, NC on
July 23. 1959'
Military Expert to Discuss
Terrorism at UNCP
PEMBROKE, N.C. - Dr. Richard Kohn. professor and chair of the Peace.
War. and Defence program at UNC Chapel Hill, is this year's guest speaker
for the Gibson and Mary Anna Gray Lecture Series on International affairs at
Prof. Kohn is a well-known authority on American military history.
Professor Kohn will also speak at 10 a.m., Wednesday. November 14 in
Room 225 of the Dial Building. His topic will be "Terrorism: Reflections on
prospects and possibilities."
The gibson and Mary Anna Gray Lecture Series is wholly funded by Dr.
and Mrs. Gibson Gray. The purpose of the Series is to bring to the UNC
Pembroke and surrounding communities leading authorities in international
affairs in order to broaden the horizons of students and citizens of the region.
Dr. Gray, who is former chair of UNCP's Department of Political Science,
is professor emeritus and resides in Lumberton.
The I.umbee people overwhelmingly
adopted a tribal Constitution on
Tuesday. November 6 Unofficial results
show that 2.337 voted in favor of
the document with 412 voting against
Robeson County's community of
Rennert was the only area in the county
where the votes were not overwhelmingly
in favor of the document Raleigh
and Baltimore also voted against the
. T.he Constitution sets term limits
Ifor council members and requires that
Vhe present body be up for re-election
In 20V3. It also stales that the tribal
TCtfitir is "The State of North Caro1
iri^Jl Supporters of the document were
-adgin their slogan to "Adopt and
Amend" and to "set parameters for the
The ctmnetl will meet at 3 pm
l-'rtday for ratification of the governing
document Following the
ratification, a movement is will immediately
begin to amend the document
and make the tribal territory reflective
of the historical and traditional designation.
Robeson and adjoining
counties Those interested in helping
with this effort should contact the
Carolina Indian Voice at 521-2826.
At public hearings sev eral issues of
concern were raised, nevertheless,
the document passed and supporters
believe that the amendment process
will correct any problems with the
Pianist Valerie Zamora
Performs at UNCP
PEMBROKE. N.C.? Despite deafness.
pianist Valerie Bronner Zamora
performs some of the most demanding
solo and chamber pieces.
A classically trained performer, Ms.
Zamora has performed and taught in
both Europe and the U.S. She played
at UNC Pembroke's Moore Hall.
Wednesday, November 7th.
Ms. Zamora performed Robert
Schumann's Carnaval. Carnaval uses
small character pieces to create the
idea of the costume ball. In the piece,
Schumann introduces storybook characters
as well as real ones. Three of
the characters are from Schumann's
own personality, including his introspective,
romantic and mercurial
"Ms. Zamora's performance is her
second visit to UNCP," said series
coordinator Gail Morfesis. "She is a
favorite among students and faculty.
In recent years she has embarked
upon a mission to eradicate myths and
prejudices about deaf people and all
handicapped people. She held workshops
with music students and the
University Honors College.
Ms. Zamora has studied at several
schools, including Juilliard in New
York, the Hochschule fur Musik in
Germany and the Peobody Conservatory
in Baltimore. She has made two
After a short stint teaching piano at
the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, she returned to her graduate
studies at Arizona Stale University.
She currently resides in North Carolina.
A Call For Poems
Write a poem and win the $ 1,000
grand prize! Hollywood's Famous
Poets Society is sponsoring a new
poetry contest, open to everyone
There is no entry fee.
To enter send one poem of 21 lines
or less: Free Poetry Contest, PMB
125, 1626 N. Wilcox Ave,, Hollywood,
CA 90028., Or enter on-line at
www.famouspoets.com. A winner's
list will be sent to all entrants
"This is our big contest of the year,"
says Executive Director Mark
Schramm "We trust our prizes will
encourage new poets to share their
talent." The deadline for entering is
December 8, 2001.
The Town of Maxton is again making
plans for an exciting and wonderful "
Christmas Parade for this upcoming
holiday season. Participation in the
parade is free. You may also purchase
Booth Space for $30 for food and $35
for food and crafts and $25 for crafts.
The town office is now accepting
call in entries for the parade through
December 5, 2001. When you call,
make sure you leave a telephone number
where you can be reached and the
name of a contact Please call between
the hours of 9 a. in. and 4 p.m The
Town of Maxton welcomes cars,
floats, bands, marching groups, trucks,
etc., in the parade, Line-up will start at
Townsend Middle School on December
8th around 8:15 a m
Saturday. December 8 in the date
of the Maxton Parade For further
information call the Town Office of
Mrs Delia Quaison at 910-844-3431
during the day
Lifestyle Fitness Center
to Hold Bench and Curl
Southeastern Lifestyle Center for
Fitness and Rehabilitation will host a
bench and curl competition on Saturday.
Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.. 4895 Fayetteville
Rd. in Lumberton. The competition
will be divided into six weight
classes and will cost $25 for members
and $30 for nonmcmbcrs. Entrants
must add $5 for registration on the day
of competition. Trophies will be
awarded to the top three lifters in each
weight class; the overall champion
will receive a cash prize. For more
information or to register, contact
John Christian or Tre Rozier at 7385433.
Parade has many
Mr. Erwin Jacobs and the Maxton
Town Christinas Parade Committee
for the year 2001 invites everyone to
the yearly Christmas Parade to be held
on December 8th 2001. Please mark
your calendars Parade begins at 10
a m that Saturday. Ms Tosha Oxendine
and Mr. Sheann will be with us
again as our announcers. They are our
local Channel 13 reporters from Lumberton.
High Sheriff Glenn Maynor will be
our Parade Marshal There will be
other dignitaries as well. The theme
this year is "God Bless America, Merry
Christmas." There will be a Santa
Claus. We will honor our senior citizens
of Maxton with a breakfast and
Limo ride to the viewing stand. We
- arc limited on our limousines, so please
make your reservations before November
15th. To participate in this
honor call me at 844-9697 to reserve
your seat and information about the
' breakfast Confirmation will be needed
bv November 30th if you plan to participate
and reserve your seat. We
regret to say due to a safety factor of
our children and all attending this
parade, all horses will not be permitted
in patade. However, we look
forward to making this an enjoyable
day for everyone in attendance. Please
come join us for a great celebration
Crafts and food will be available for
purchase. Maxton Police Chief
McDowell will be in charge of security.
by Erwin Jacobs and the
Maxton Christmas Parade Committee,
Ms. Rona I.each.
On Saturday. November 10 at 10
a m the Veterans Day Parade will be
held in Pembroke The line up is at
Pembroke Elementary School at 9
atn and the parade will end at the
will be a llag raising and guest speak
at the Town Park immediately following
The annual plate sale and Buddy
Poppy Drive will be held at the Post
1 lome on Union Chapel Road after the
ceremony at the park. The event is co
sponsored by the VFW Post 2843 and
the Ladies Auxiliary. The public is
encouraged to participate in all activitfiSs.