Recently I’ve been fortunate to have been asked to participate in the National History Education Clearinghouse’s “Ask a Historian” Program. In 2009 I contributed a document-analysis exercise featuring a Cherokee Supreme Court document to the “Historical Thinking” section of their website, teachinghistory.org. Below are links to both posts and I’m proud to be part of a project that is a resource to history educators.

African and Native Americans in Colonial and Revolutionary Times

Cherokee Law of Blood (Video)


Troubles Decolonizing a Colonial History now on the First Peoples/New Directions Publishing Initiative Website!

Thank you Abby Mogollon!


Much work in the the field of Native American history has centered on Indians’ relationships with European colonizers and the U.S. government, perhaps rightly so. As historians, we are trained to analyze primarily the written word, words written mostly by colonizers. And while some scholars have done remarkable oral histories and ethnographies of Native communities, a history based on oral sources or indigenous knowledge is not automatically more relevant to Indian communities, just because it avoids the colonizers’ words. Sources don’t by themselves make Indian history more relevant to Indian people. We have to put the information we gather to work, or history forever remains a telling about an other, rather than an authentic rendering of a truth about human nature and societies.

Dr. Lowery shared photos from her book during a lecture at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke in April.

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I wanted to share some photos from our community roundtable discussion on Saturday, June 26 in Pembroke. It was a terrific event, thanks to all who sponsored and participated!

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Thank you to Kay Grismer and The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC for a warm welcome and terrific book reading and discussion on June 17, 2010! I had a wonderful time, met some distant kin, and made new friends.

From The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC

By Kay Grismer – Wednesday, June 16, 2010

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

The Native Americans who have lived along the Lumber River in Robeson County for generations may have been given names to identify their “tribe”— “Croatan,” “Cherokee,” “Siouan” and “Lumbee” — but their collective identity as a “People” does not come from the “outside.”

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You are invited to come to a lunchtime roundtable exploring Lumbee history in the Jim Crow era featuring a panel of distinguished community members, including:

Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, Department of American Indian Studies, UNC-Pembroke

Mr. Blake Tyner, Robeson County History Museum

Mr. Garth Locklear, Lumbee Veteran and Historian

Mr. Elisha Locklear, Tuscarora Veteran and Historian

Ms. Tasha Oxendine, Lumbee Folklorist

I will also be reading from my book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South. The event is on June 26 from 12-2 at the BSU House in Pembroke. Copies of the book will be available for sale at a special discount. This lunch is free and open to the public. Sponsored by:

Department of American Indian Studies, UNC-Pembroke

First Peoples/New Directions Publishing Initiative

University of North Carolina Press

Lumbee Guaranty Bank

Oxendine, war hero, dies
by Johna Strickland

Tom Oxendine, left, a Pembroke native, flew combat missions for the Navy during World War II. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing a downed airman.
PEMBROKE — Thomas Oxendine, the Pembroke native known as “Tom-boy” who would buzz Robeson County in his naval jet and the first American Indian to complete Navy flight school, died Thursday. He was 87.

Oxendine died at his Arlington, Va., due to complications related to his age, according to Joe Oxendine, his brother and the former chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

The funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at Pembroke Berea Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Sandcutt Cemetery. The visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Locklear and Son Funeral Home.

Although Oxendine left Robeson County decades ago, he discovered a passion for flying at the Lumberton airport in the 1940s. That led him to the Navy; service in World War II, the Korean war and Continue Reading »

This article was written by D.G. Martin, host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch and Who’s Talking on 1360 WCHL Radio. It appeared in the Thomasville Times on May 4, 2010.


Are you trying to make sense out of the latest news from the Lumbee Tribe?

According to news reports, the Lumbee Tribal Council has approved a contract with a Nevada-based lobbying firm that will attempt to persuade Congress to grant the tribe full recognition without any restrictions on gambling ventures.

A bill granting recognition but restricting gambling has passed the House of Representatives and has been waiting on action by the Senate.

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