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 American Indian teaching courses in American Indian studies is deplorable in a community that probably has dozens (maybe hundreds) of Lumbee educators fully qualified to teach courses in the AIS curriculum. Why not use Lumbee adjuncts to teach the solitary Lumbee course in the AIS curriculum?
3. Is it feasible to recruit American Indians nationwide and allow them in state tuition? Why not? This should be a national goal for our august university that was founded for and by local Indians. It would be a wonderful mission for a wonderful university that was founded initially because Indian students were not initially allowed to attend local schools, especially those founded for white students. Why not use some of the endowment from Mrs. Esther Maynor (the biggest in the university’s history) to accomplish this goal? 77 students were helped by the Esther G. Maynor Honors College in 2012 (from an enrollment of 6,000 plus).
4. In the midst of this commentary, it is encouraging to see a number of local Lumbee athletes on the football roster, including two from Purnell Swett High School. Yeah!!!!!. Go Braves!!!! Is there a reasonable commitment from UNC Pembroke to continue to recruit local Indian athletes?
5. Is there a need for a cultural consultant on staff? I believe it would be useful and was part of a proposal Bruce Barton made to the UNC-Pembroke chancellor in 2009 (then Chancellor Allen Meadors). The proposal was turned down on the advice of an ad hoc committee of Indian educators at that time led by Vice Chancellor Dr. Glenn Burnette, since demoted to special assistant to Dr. Carter for constituent services.
6. Why has Dr. Carter refused to meet with Bruce Barton, one of the founders of the Center for Lumbee Studies? In the initial proposal to Dr. Meadors, Barton proposed a Center for Lumbee Studies. This proposal was also turned down by the university, on the advice of the ad hoc committee of Indian educators on campus. Since then, the proposal has surfaced as possibly a “college of southeastern Indian studies.” Honestly, this sounds like intellectual theft.
7. Why the marginalization of the name of the proposed College on American Indian Studies to “Southeastern American Indian Studies” instead of emphasis on the Lumbee tribe and culture?
8. Is there a UNC Pembroke plan to specifically recruit American Indian faculty?
9. What is the plan when or if UNC-Pembroke enrollment reaches 51% African-American? Does the school become a Black Historical School at that time? (Enrollment now 33 plus %.) Can we discern UNC Pembroke enrollment trends from studying demographics for the last 125 years?
10. How is the special grant monies received by UNC-Pembroke because of its location in the midst of a non-traditional Indian community being used?