Posts Tagged ‘sovereignty’

Thanks to Shane and his mom Teri Wall for letting me post this beautiful poem!

What was here before civilization began?

The animals that no longer walk, swim or fly?

The primitive people who knew nothing of greed, but knew to depend on and help each other for survival.

The lake ripples with lost memories, long forgotten emotions of kindness and compassion.

While the rock I sit on are stained with the blood of my ancestors, my people.

The ones who knew how to survive without destruction.

They are gone now; some remain scattered to the wind.

But each stone, each tree, each animal that still walks this planet remembers them, the lost ones, and what they taught.

For now I know what was here before civilization began and through these memories and whispers of everything around me, I have my answer.

But it is something that must not be told, it must be realized, then you will understand the music of the flute and drums, the language of the earth.

Shane Kinney
October 5th, 2010
Age 17 1/2


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This is one of 9 videos of Lumbee attorney Arlinda Locklear, in her public talk at UNC-Chapel Hill on April 28, 2010. It provides a thorough and accurate view from an national expert in Indian law on the status and import of Lumbee federal recognition.

Arlinda Locklear on Lumbee Federal Recognition

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On July 15, 2010, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now program aired a thorough and accurate story on Lumbee recognition. Reporter Rob Holliday interviewed me along with Professor Mary Ann Jacobs (UNC-Pembroke), Professor Walt Wolfram (N.C. State), Tribal Chairman Purnell Swett, and others. You can view the story here.

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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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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.

The shocker in the new contract with Lewin International is a provision that would require the (more…)

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In a letter circulated at the Lumbee powwow this past weekend, members of the Tribal Council announced a meeting for tribal members to clear up what they called “misinformation” in the “non-tribal press” about the contract that was recently signed with Lewin International, LLC, to promote the tribe’s federal recognition bill currently before Congress. This was the first official communication from the Council about its recent decision. The meeting will take place this Friday, May 7, at the Givens Performing Arts Center at UNC-Pembroke, starting at 6:30 pm. A copy of the Council’s letter is below, followed by a response I sent to my tribal council representatives this morning.


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I’m very pleased and honored to be a guest blogger for First Peoples Publishing Initiative! Today they’ve posted reflections and reporting on the Lumbee tribal council’s recent shift in their federal recognition strategy. There are many parallels with the past…and as William Faulkner may have said, “the past is not dead, it’s not even past.”

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