Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'north carolina'

Lynne Harlan: Eastern Cherokees shape future

"This new year will bring significant changes to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Several long projects will come to fruition and their changes will affect generations of our people. This year, the Cherokee Central School System will say farewell...

Lumbee Tribe recognition bill introduced again

A bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has been introduced in the 111th Congress. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina) introduced H.R.31 on January 6. The bill has 63 co-sponsors. The tribe came close to recognition in the...

Eastern Cherokees revitalize traditional arts

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are reviving their traditional arts with the help of Western Carolina University. Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources began in 2004 as part of WCU's Cherokee studies program. The program helps tribal...

Lumbee Tribe goes to polls for council seats

Members of the Lumbee Tribe, of North Carolina went to the polls on Tuesday to decide four council races. Only one incumbent retained his seat while the others were taken by newcomers. Two races with very close counts could...

Sen. Dole, Lumbee supporter, loses to Democrat

Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina), a strong supporter of federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe, was voted out of office on Tuesday. After winning election in 2002, Dole's first bill was for the Lumbees. She testified repeatedly in the Senate...

Lynne Harlan: The 'real American Indians'

"There are many definitions for real American Indians. One is a racial definition, another is a cultural definition; in the United States we are also defined as a political body, a Nation if you will. But our communities are defined...

Eastern Cherokees donate to kidney foundation

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians donated $150,000 to the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, the largest gift in the organization's history. The donation will support the Kidneyville Cruiser, a mobile education unit. The cruiser will appear at the...

Joe Martin: No paternalism in tribal government

"Tribal government needs to abandon the practice of paternalism. Tribal members, not tribal government, are the best ones to make certain decisions that affect them individually, but that’s a concept tribal government continuously fails to grasp. We saw a...

Lumbee board finds money to hold council election

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold an election on November 18 amid a dispute between the council and the election board. The council cut funds to the election board over a proposed amendments to the constitution. A referendum...

Joe Martin: Open discussion at Eastern Cherokee

"Some members of the Snowbird Community took heat over the invitation of Carl Mumpower, the Republican congressional nominee challenging incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler, to speak to their community club meeting Aug. 5. Mumpower had made controversial statements in response...

Travel spending by Lumbee leaders questioned

Federal authorities have been looking into the use of housing funds by leaders of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Tribal leaders have gone to Hawaii, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Alaska in the past year, WRAL reported. They spent...

Sen. McCain backed Lumbee recognition in 2003

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois), the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, said he supports federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Where does Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the presumptive Republican nominee, stand? During the 108th Congress, from 2003-2004,...

Eastern Cherokee man, a state trooper, killed on duty

Shawn Blanton Jr., a 24-year-old member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who was a North Carolina state trooper, was killed on duty on Tuesday. Blanton made a traffic stop when he was shot twice. Motorists who saw...

Indian student allowed eagle feathers at graduation

An Indian student in North Carolina will be allowed to wear two eagle feathers to his graduation ceremony next month. Corey Bird, 18, is Lumbee and Sisseton-Wahpehton. He is wearing the feathers in honor of his late mother and...

Joe Martin: Unity elusive at Eastern Cherokee

"As the debate goes on with the Eastern Band of Cherokee over whether to separate the communities of Snowbird and Cherokee County, much talk has been made about the need to maintain unity. As one realistically looks at these...

Still no decision on eagle feathers at graduation

An Indian student in North Carolina is weighing litigation in order to wear two eagle feathers to his high school graduation. Corey Bird, 18, is Lumbee and Sisseton-Wahpeton. He was told he could be barred from graduation ceremonies on...

School urged to allow eagle feather at graduation

The Native American Rights Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union have asked school officials in North Carolina to allow an Indian student to wear an eagle feather to his graduation. Corey Bird, 18, who is Lumbee and Sisseton-Wahpeton,...

Opinion: Eastern Cherokees should vote on WalMart

"Anytime Wal-Mart comes to a town, it’s a controversy. The town of Cherokee is no different, and the tribe’s officials would do well to seek public opinion prior to the store locating on the reservation. For those who oppose...

Indian student can't wear eagle feather to graduation

An Indian student in North Carolina has been told he can't wear an eagle feather during graduation. Corey Bird, a senior at Purnell Swett High School, was initially told he could wear the feather on his gown. But during a...

Opinion: Cherokee community deserves a voice

"Members of the Snowbird community have long maintained traditions, strong Cherokee bloodlines and the language. It’s represented in Tribal Council together with the Cherokee County community, a community that’s largely nontraditional. Tribal members in Cherokee County who can speak...

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