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Thank you to Gary Moss (author) Dan Sears (photographer), and the UNC-CH University Gazette for publishing this terrific story, highlighting my course in Lumbee History. It wouldn’t be possible without my terrific students and Graduate Assistant Brandon Winford, the folks at the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grants, and Jeff VanDrimmelen at OASIS!

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Being born in the United States confers an automatic right of citizenship.

There is no official requirement to be born in Robeson County to be considered a Lumbee Indian, yet Malinda Maynor Lowery’s parents understood that a tie to their ancestral lands is as much a part of Lumbee identity as a blood connection.

That is why 37 years ago they drove some 100 miles from their home in Durham to the hospital in Lumberton where Lowery was born.

Understanding the Lumbee history became Lowery’s driving force – first as an undergraduate at Harvard, then at Carolina where she earned her Ph.D. in history in 2005. That drive gained greater intellectual force in 2006 when she returned to Harvard to become the first of two Native American tenure-track professors hired there.

And it was that same appreciation of tribal history that Lowery sought to pass on to her unborn daughter in 2007 when she was wheeled to a delivery room down the same hallway in the same Lumberton hospital where Lowery was born.

“My husband and I just didn’t feel comfortable having her born up in Cambridge, Massachusetts,” Lowery said.

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Main Street, Carolina is a free, open-source, web-based digital history toolkit designed for local libraries, schools, museums, preservation and local history societies, and other community
organizations across N.C. to preserve, document, and interpret their history, as reflected in the growth and development of their downtowns in the first decades of the twentieth century (1896-1922). It provides organizational users with a flexible, user-friendly digital platform on which they can add a wide variety of “local” data: historical and contemporary photographs, postcards, newspaper ads and articles, architectural drawings, historical commentary, family papers, and audio and video files-all keyed to and layered on digitized historic maps.

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