Normally we don’t post unsigned post. However, we have received several copies of this one from various friends and thought we’d throw it out for your review and comment. thanks
Open Letter to UNCP’s Community, County, Region and State American Indian Students, Faculty and Staff Becoming Extinct at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke by Wise Eagle
We are very aware that we have had many names in our storied 128 years of history since we were first designated CROATAN INDIANS by the State of North Carolina in 1885. We use the name “Lumbee” advisedly and mostly because it is currently our legal name: We like a tribal name that is geographic in nature and has a nice tone to it. Lumbee sounds o.k. What do you think?
With this in mind, we have decided to kick off a discussion about the most influential Indians in our communities over the last 128 years, or since we were first designated “Croatan” in 1885. Below is our INITIAL list of 5. Let us know how you feel about it. The dialogue will result, hopefully, in a book entitled LUMBEE LUMINARIES by the Center for Lumbee Studies. The initial volume will consist of the 25 most influential Lumbee. Stay tuned. The list of “most influential Lumbee” is reserved for Lumbee who are deceased, thereby taking politics out of the equation.
The first choice, of course, is:
1. HENRY BERRY LOWRY. (1846 – 1872 (?) The Civil War era hero gave us our standing, mostly, before unforgiving neighbors at that particular time. Lowry was fearless, enterprising and insistent upon being treated as a man of substance as God intended it to be so for all of us, no matter what our ethnic background. We count Henry Berry Lowry as a Lumbee although he is always referred to by local historians and story tellers of the time as “one-half Tuscarora.” By the way, We have a book ready for publication. It is named A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Looking for Henry Berry Lowry. Henry Berry disappeared from public view in Robeson County in 1872, leaving the policy makers without a dead body to send to a demon’s hell. He survived, we surmise, leaving Robeson County for possibly New Mexico or Tennessee. The mystery surrounding his persona makes him even more exciting and fit for hero worship.
2. JOE BROOKS. (1905 – 1980) often traveled to Washington, D.C. to carry the messages and hopes of the local Indians. If he had had his say so about the matter we probably would have been designated as Siouan Indians of Robeson County but local Indians led, in part, by Rev. D.F. Lowry won the battle of names by having us legally tagged as Lumbee by the state in 1953 and the federal government in 1956. Brooks persevered in the “Indian” business until he was largely discredited by the then Indian contingent around Pembroke. Brooks had his hand in many endeavors, including the establishment of the Pembroke Farms and Red Banks Farming cooperatives for local Indians and the work that resulted in designating 22 of 209 tested as one-half or more Indian blood in 1936. Brooks worked diligently and tirelessly for federal recognition, and probably came closer than any one leader has to date in de-mystifying the Washington lawmaker’s den.
3. H. H. LOWRY (1859 – 1936) was not catholic enough in outreach for some folks and that is a primary reason why he makes the list as one of the 5 most influential Lumbee. Lowry, the older brother of Rev. D. F. Lowry, was the main instigator for establishing a religious order named the Lumbee Conference or the Lumber River Conference of the Holiness Methodist Church, setting the Lumbee apart from the other races, thereby helping us refine and maintain our identity as a separate race of people. The conference continues to be kind of introspective, apart from other denominations, always maintaining i’s identify as the “Indian” conference whether others like it or not. Lowry was expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church mostly because he was successful in preserving the local Indian Methodist as a separate ethnic group and denomination. The conference continues today with ten churches. Lowry is still revered by those who know the real story behind the “Indian” conference.
4. LEW (is) RANDOLPH BARTON (1918 – 1999) makes the list because of his mighty pen. Lew Barton began writing publicly around 1935 when the Indians of Robeson County were involved in a kind of internecine feud between what came to be known as the Siouan Indians and the remnant of today’s Lumbee Indians. Barton helped elucidate matters and spent a lot of time explaining what it meant to be an Indian of Robeson county and beyond. Two books stand out. One was a book entitled ISSUE, the story of a Robeson County Indian serialized in the Robesonian newspaper in 1954 and THE MOST IRONIC STORY IN AMERICAN HISTORY published in 1967. Barton was also a poet and political and cultural agitator. His article, entitled “the DeIndianization of Pembroke State University” was the rallying cry for the Movement to Save Old Main in 1972. Barton was fierce in speaking (or mostly writing) his mind. My disclaimer is the fact that he is also the father of this writer.
5. HELEN MAYNOR SCHEIRBECK (1935 – 2010) was a child of Pembroke, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Maynor. Ms. Maynor (Scheirback) began her career working for the stalwart democrat, Senator Sam Ervin, and lived out her life mostly in the Washington, D.C. area where she spearheaded many national initiatives, helping establish the Lumbee caucus in the power corridor of Washington, D.C. in its infancy and parlaying her national reputation as a political and cultural force for the Lumbee nationally. Helen Scheirbeck received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the 2009 Spring Commencement ceremony at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was touted at the prestigious event as “one of the 20th Century’s most significant Indian leaders.” We certainly concur with that statement of fact. Dr. Maynor-Scheirbeck was an early organizer of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and earlier enjoyed a long career working for national Indian causes, and championing the Lumbee cause specifically throughout her illustrious career.
What do you think? As noted earlier we hope eventually to publish a book entitled Lumbee Luminaries, maybe showcasing the 25 most influential Lumbee. We need your help.
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Even through cancer, 4-year-old Juddie Rivers Malcolm is a real trooper
Rivers Malcolm checks out his newly acquired handcuffs after he was sworn in as an honorary state trooper at Linda’s Restaurant in Pembroke on Friday
By Ali Rockett Staff writer
PEMBROKE Juddie Rivers Malcolm stood grinning on a chair, his right hand raised high in the air.
“I do!” he said.
And with that, the 4-year-old became the newest – and most certainly the youngest – Highway Patrol trooper in North Carolina on Friday.
The packed crowd watching at Linda’s Restaurant erupted in cheers. He was now officially a man in uniform, just like the troopers whose hearts he had touched when they first met him three months ago.
It was at the same restaurant. Retired Sgt. Michael Chavis was having lunch.
“At the time, he didn’t have any hair,” Chavis said. “He had just gotten out of the hospital. He was going from table to table, just lighting them up.”
A group of officers walked into the restaurant, and Rivers’ eyes widened.
“The thing about this young’un is this: He’s been hospitalized 50 times,” Chavis said. “Somebody forgot to tell him to be upset. He’s always smiling. He’s always happy. He’s such an inspiration to so many people. He’s such a blessing to this community.”
Rivers was diagnosed in September 2010 with Wilms’ tumor, a type of rare childhood cancer found in the kidneys. His father, Joshua Malcolm, said the cancer had metastasized to Rivers’ lungs. He has relapsed twice, most recently in December. This spring, he underwent an aggressive chemotherapy treatment and a stem cell transplant.
That was when Rivers met Chavis.
“I said to myself, this boy is a trooper,” Chavis said.
Rivers is cancer-free now, his father said, and doctors will do another checkup in July to determine whether the latest rounds of therapy were successful.
But Friday, no one in the restaurant would have known from the boy’s smile what he’s been through.
He was dressed in a tan button-up shirt with authentic trooper patches and a plastic badge. He wore black slacks, cowboy boots and a trooper’s hat. A final touch – a pair of shiny handcuffs.
Superior Court Judge Greg Bell administered the oath. And Sgt. Ardeen Hunt presented his newest recruit a plaque that certified Rivers as call No. 759 with Troop B, District 7, the division that patrols Robeson County.
“This young man will always be part of Troop B,” Hunt said. “He doesn’t know it, but he just got 26 more family members today.”
After the ceremony, Rivers sat down to eat with six fellow troopers. Next Saturday, he will ride with them in the Lumbee Homecoming parade in Pembroke.
The boy’s father sat a few tables away.
“He’s like a hog in the mud,” Malcolm said. “He doesn’t know any of those guys. What makes the connection is that they’re all dressed alike.”
Malcolm, who is general counsel for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, said his son spent 50 nights in the hospital in 2012. The family often commutes daily to Chapel Hill so that Rivers can be near his family during treatments.
“We want him to be home,” Malcolm said.
That’s why they chose to celebrate at Linda’s.
“He’s special to a lot of people here,” Malcolm said. “You can’t go through this alone.”
reprint from http://fayobserver.com/articles/2013/06/29/1266575
WELCOME!! It is good to be up and about again after some down time, not always of our own making. Circumstances sometimes get in the way in spite of themselves and us. Enough said about aggravations! What I would like to do in this space is to examine some matters of interest to the Lumbee community and their friends and, yes, distracters. And I would like to hear from you, in turn. I do intend to sign my real name although you may choose to use another moniker. That’s up to the individual but we only ask for common sense to prevail and that we not label each other anything other than our real name and gender. We will monitor for unnecessary cussing and MEANSPIRITED backbiting and ask you to do the same.
As a few of you might remember, I was previously the editor and founder of the Carolina Indian Voice newspaper. I mostly operated the newspaper until the mid nineteen eighties and was followed by my sister, Connee Barton Brayboy, who kept it afloat until 2005 when she retired. Between the two of us, the Carolina Indian Voice published a weekly newspaper for 32 years of continuous publication. We missed a lot of the computer age and printed the newspaper the old fashioned way, a word at the time with a quirky justifier that caused most of the Barton’s to cuss uproariously until we learned better at the feet of Jesus. The newspaper ran from 1973 until 2005. The Indian Voice has a wonderful archive that will eventually be indexed, organized, and shared, with those who might have an interest in the extensive files.
Some possible topics to examine …
We first approached UNC-Pembroke about the need for a cultural consultant in 2009 and were slapped down mostly by a hand full of Indians on campus. It reminded this blogger anew that others do not always inflict all of our wounds outside the camp. Sometimes Indians shoot themselves in the psychic foot. We have been mostly killing one another since being discovered on the banks of the Lumbee in the 1700s. This is a favorite topic of mine: how we mostly hurt ourselves and turn inward on our young. It is a psychological nightmare that begs for answers.
I have also finished a massive tome since I last communicated with you. The name of the book is entitled A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Looking for Henry Berry Lowry. It tells about what I discovered as I went looking for Henry Berry Lowry after he disappeared from the local scene in 1872. I always believed that he went away to, maybe, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi or even out West to strange and provocative places such as “Mexico.” I found out a lot more than I knew as I pursued the elusive Lowry. I plan to share some of the book, and findings, with you in weeks and months ahead.
Genealogy is also an interest of mine and I have attempted to unravel some of our “Indian” families for a lifetime. I have enjoyed interacting with my fellow Barton’s as long as I can remember. All “Indian” Barton’s, as far as I know, emanate from a white man named Charles E. Barton from the New England state of Maine and Elizabeth Cumbo, a local Indian lass from the Prospect community. Charles E. Barton remains a bit of a mystery.
I believe the local Indian people are very, very intelligent generally and have a great track record in the larger Indian world. For instance, when the district manager of Indian housing from HUD recently retired he said, in part, that the Lumbee Tribe had built more houses, and rehabilitated more of the same, than probably any other tribe around. You would never believe that fact by all of the local finger pointing and name calling mostly within the Lumbee camp.
How do we manage ourselves? The Lumbee Tribal members have survived but have a long ways to go to master self-government. I am confident, though, that we will learn how to manage ourselves and our assets for the betterment of all of us … in time. In the meantime, get involved, attend meetings, and share your experiences with those you have chosen to represent you. If they do not please you then, of course, you should vote them out of office and try another makeup of councilmen (and councilwomen too!).
And lots of other ideas and themes await us too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am looking forward to this great adventure in democracy and debate.
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