Indian Legal Services Group to Honor Escondido Attorney

California Indian Legal Services (CILS) Senior Staff Attorney Dorothy Alther is to receive the Pierce-Hickerson Award from the National Association of Indian Legal Services (NAILS) for her outstanding contributions to the advancement or preservation of Native American rights."

NAILS has partnered with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) to honor Alther. The award is to be presented Nov. 12 at the NLADA's Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Giving gourds a new look

"I call these the welcoming committee," Joan Blackwell says of her approximately three hundred painted gourds in her Pembroke studio. She also mentions, "I name all of my gourds because each one is completely different." Blackwell's "welcoming committee" represents a minority of the total of her gourd creations.

Pantano backs Lumbee bill

Ilario Pantano, the Republican candidate for the District 7 seat in the U.S. House, currently held by Democrat Mike McIntyre, has stated that if the Lumbee Recognition Bill does not pass this year that he will reintroduce the bill in the House next year if elected.

Pantano told The Robesonian that he agrees the Lumbee should receive full federal recognition, which would grant the Lumbee Tribe millions of dollars in federal aid. Pantano said, "It's a fairness issue...It's important."

'There're not many of us left': For members of the 325th, this reunion might be the last

The surviving members of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment Association will finally open a long cherished bottle of French Chateau la Bastienne apple brandy to celebrate perhaps their last reunion. Retired Army colonel Wayne Pierce, who recently passed away, bought the bottle in 1977, with the intention of opening it on the last reunion of the 325th.

Saturday, 25 September, the 325th reunited and pulled the cork at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlotte's Gateway Village. Out of 200 veterans, a dozen were to be expected at this reunion.

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