Notable Lumbees

Lowery is an ethnohistorian who has published many works on her tribe, the Lumbee Indians. She is also a documentary film producer. Her works include a book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South (2010) and a film, Real Indian (1996). She is an Associate Professor, History, at UNC-Chapel Hill and also directs the Southern Oral History Project there. She taught Native American Studies at Harvard from 2005-2009 (cv). She was the Raleigh News and Observer's Tar Heel of the Week for July 13, 2013.

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Brantley Blue was the first official lawyer of Lumbee descent, after earning his degree from Pembroke State College and his doctorate from Cumberland University School of Law. He served as a city judge in Kingsport, Tennessee. In 1969, Blue was appointed as the Commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission by President Richard Nixon. He was the only American Indian ever appointed to the commission. He later served as special counsel to Native American Consultants Inc. and as an administrative law judge for the Department of Labor. In 1979, Blue passed away at 53 from a heart attack.

October 11, 1925 – August 2, 1979

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Arlinda Locklear has spent nearly forty years in the practice of Native American law. Working for the Native American Rights Fund, and later for Patton Boggs LLP, she has defended Native American tribes in federal and state claims related to treaty land and water rights and to tribal jurisdiction on reservations. She has also established a national reputation regarding federal acknowledgment of Native American tribes. She testified before Congress in 1988 (while representing the Lumbee Tribe) on the need for better procedures for federal acknowledgment, and again in 1989, recommending approval of the Indian Federal Acknowledgment Administrative Procedures Act of 1989. From 1987 through March 2010, she represented the Lumbee Tribe pro bono in its efforts to obtain full federal acknowledgment. Locklear was born September 9, 1951, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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Her father, Edsel Locklear, was a boson mate in the Navy. Her mother's maiden name was Mary Elizabeth Revels. Her academic training includes a B.A. in political science from the College of Charleston (1976) and a J.D. from the School of Law at Duke University (1976).