Opinion. “Godwin’s charge: Regaining trust in tribal government.” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC). May 31, 2016
According to a preliminary report by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs, the Lumbee tribal government misspent about $730,000 of its federal money between October 1, 2012 and March 20, 2015. If this is true, it would mark the third time in recent memory that the tribe has used federal money in an inappropriate way.
In total, that adds up to about $2 million that was supposed to be used to help the poor that was spent on other endeavors, and throughout the entire process there have been zero significant punishments.
A majority of the recent money that was misspent happened under the eye of former tribal chairman Paul Brooks. Current tribal chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. is now left to pick up the pieces and will feel the effects when future money may be withheld. That is not the only hardship ahead of Godwin, as he must convince the members of the tribe that his administration will be different than those that preceded it.