Lumbee Tribe to build 50 new homes

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has qualified to receive $7.2 million dollars in tax credits.  The money will be used to build 50 homes in the Tribe's Arrowpoint subdivision.

To qualify for leasing a home, a family must make at or below 60 percent of the national median income.  The homes will be available for a fifteen-year lease and are single-family.

Construction is projected to start in late October, 2009, and will create about 75 new jobs.

"Lumbee Tribe to build 50 homes."  Fayetteville Observer 28 August 2009.

Lumbee Guaranty Bank receives BauerFinancial's 5-star rating

The Lumbee Guaranty Bank in Robeson County, NC, has received a 5-star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc. The 5-star rating is BauerFinancial's highest rating, and is given to banks that show the most financial solidarity.

The information is gathered from quarterly financial reports sent in to the bank rating company. To access the press release for this story, go to www.bauerfinancial.com/home.html

Lumbee Tribe awarded $4.7 million from stimulus package

The Lumbee Tribe has been awarded $4.7 million from  federal stimulus funds.  Plans for allocating the money have been submitted to Housing and Urban Development and are  awaiting approval.  The Tribe plans on spending the money this way:

- $2 million will be used to build a Tribal Boys and Girls Community Center in districts 6, 7 and 8.  The facility will also be used as a disaster center in case of a national disaster.

- $1 million will build an Elder Site in Tribal district 13.

Management of the Indian Cultural Center under question

Questions are being asked about who is really in charge of the North Carolina Indian Cultural Center, located in Pembroke, North Carolina.   There are currently two men each claiming to have been appointed Chairman of the Board for the center, whose board of directors contains representatives from each of North Carolina's Indian tribes.

Kenneth Preston Hall, from the Meherrin tribe, has been on the board since 1996.  He claims to be chairman. Lumbee Eric Locklear says he was appointed chairman earlier this year, in June.

Dr. Charles Jenkins named interim Chancellor at UNCP

Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina System, has announced that Dr. Charles Jenkins is the interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Jenkins, who has served UNCP for 38 years, was formerly provost and director of academic affairs at UNC-P.

Says Bowles, "UNCP will be in very capable hands during the search for a permanent chancellor."

Jenkins is interim chancellor effective July 1, 2009.

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors to leave UNCP

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors has announced that, after ten years of service, he is leaving his position at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to become Chancellor of the University of Arkansas.  Meadors is an alma mater of the University of Arkansas and is a native of that state.

The president of the UNC System, Erskine Bowles, will name an interim chancellor.

Rach, Amber.  "Chancellor Allen C. Meadors to retire from UNCP."  University Newswire [UNC-Pembroke].  June 18, 2009.

Lumbee Homecoming

The Lumbee Tribe held its annual Lumbee Homecoming this year on the weekend of July 4th and, again, it was a huge success.  An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people were in Robeson County to watch the parade, and about 175 vendors "sold everything from collard green sandwiches to walking sticks."

The Lumbee Regional Development Association organizes the event to display the contributions of the Lumbee Tribe. Also, for many Lumbee people, the event serves as a way for members of the tribe to connect.  Says Ashley Locklear, "You come together like a family reunion."

Tractor-Trailer pull to put Robeson County in Spotlight

Harold Collins, a Guinness Book of World Records holder, is known as the world's strongest American Indian.  He hopes to raise awareness  about Robeson County by pulling a 20,000-pound tractor-trailer through eight of the county's towns.

During the dates September 30 - October 4, 2009, Collins will pull the tractor-trailer through St. Pauls, Red Springs, Maxton, Rowland, Fairmont, Lumberton, and Pembroke.  The event is called the Unity Pull for Tourism.

"Tractor-trailer pull to put Robeson County in Spotlight."  Fayetteville Observer. June 24, 2009.

Southern Baptist Convention president urges more missions, outreach to minorities [Rev. Johnny Hunt]

Rev. Johnny Hunt, a Lumbee Indian who is the pastor of a Woodstock, Georgia megachurch, opened the Southern Baptist Convention with a 45-minute speech to assembled members.  A major issue addressed by Hunt was the decline in Southern Baptist membership, which could, if continued, cut the the denomination by half in another forty years. Rev. Hunt told convention members that Southern Baptists need to attract more minorities as well as contribute more to worldwide missions.  Says Hunt: "We need to really join with our brothers of ethnicity in this convention." Lovan, Dylan T.

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