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One Step forward, two steps back….Rick Barton

It’s not that the Robeson County school system doesn’t need help- it does. It’s not that the school board members don’t have a right to choose a superintendent -they do. It’s not that Ben Chavis doesn’t have a clue. He does. Usually. It’s not that the newly hired superintendent isn’t qualified. We’re not sure. We […]

Are we Indians or what?

Eleven studies done on the Lumbee Tribe by personnel from the Bureau of Indian Affairs express no doubt that the ancestors of the modern day Lumbee Tribe were Indian. For example, in 1914, Special Indian Agent O.M. McPherson, sent to investigate the history and condition of the tribe, concluded that the tribe was descended from […]

Bruce Barton, Lumbee Warrior will be missed!

Bruce will certainly be missed as a historian, activist, mentor, brother and friend. While he and The Robesonian didn’t always see eye to eye, he did believe in the power of the written word.It is a testament to to both Bruce and the powers that be at the Robesonian over the years to understand that […]

Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship seeks submissions

PEMBROKE — The Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship Initiative is seeking submissions for its 2016 Multicultural Juried Art Auction and Dinner  which will take place on June 24, 2016 in the University Center Annex at UNCP. The first 30 submissions received will be considered for inclusion in a 20-piece juried competition where once sold they […]

Godwin Wins Lumbee Tribal Chair

PEMBROKE — Political newcomer Harvey Godwin Jr. defeated Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks in his bid for another term during Tuesday’s tribal election. In the five-way race for the tribe’s top elected position, Godwin out-polled Brooks, his nearest challenger, by 729 votes, 2,221 to 1,492. Godwin received 41.7 percent of all the votes to Brooks’ […]

Disregard for the law is The Lumbee Tribes greatest threat

Barbarians at the gate usually don’t bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics like the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture. Far more dangerous are institutionalized corruption, a lack of transparency and creeping neglect of existing laws. All the German euros in the world will not […]

Can Paul run?

The issue at hand is not “Can Paul Brooks run for Lumbee tribal Chairman?” The issue is ‘Are we as a people going to follow our Constitution?’ Community Activist, Eric Locklear has brought forth a petition to the Lumbee Supreme Court against Mr. Brooks running again. It is our belief the petition to the Supreme […]

TO: UNC-Pembroke Chancellor Search Committee

Concerning the next chancellor at UNC-Pembroke: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke needs an Indian Chancellor. Erskine Bowles, UNC President, has made it abundantly clear when he said, “I want a leader who will have the respect of the entire community, and someone who will respect its proud heritage, I am looking for a leader […]


1. Does the university system and/or UNC-Pembroke have a plan in place to combat the diminishing American Indian enrollment on campus? (less than 16% currently) 2. Why is there a lack of qualified American Indians teaching courses in the American Indian Studies Department? Is there a plan in place to combat this serious deficiency? One […]


The BRAVES CLUB began in 1977 under the leadership of Bruce Barton, the first president. “100 athletic supporters each donated $100 TO FOUND THE CLUB.” The UNC Pembroke Braves Club initially was organized as a semi-autonomous organization like the N.C. State Wolf pack Club. The organization was LATER changed by university officials to its present […]