Jenkins, Venita. "Tribe to study homicides; Lumbee grant will cover crime, health issues." Fayetteville observer Thursday, July 6 2006, sec. Local and state.
This article announces that the Lumbee Tribe has received a $30,000 grant from the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, within the state of North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will probably use the expertise of individuals at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health.
A primary focus of the grant is the high rate of homicides among the Lumbee. The rate is 27.1 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 5.5 cases per 100,000 people nationally for all races. This figure is based on death statistics for Native Americans in Robeson County for the years 1999-2004.
Law enforcement officials in Robeson County see substance abuse as a factor in this high homicide rate. The grant will, however, study several issues, such as motor vehicle fatalities (which are also high in Robeson County) and diabetes and other health-related issues. The grant will look for ways to involve families and churches, use community education, and build a county-wide coalition to find solutions to the problems on which it focuses.