Native Americans in North Carolina

The Lumbee-Cheraw is the largest tribe of federally unrecognized Native Americans east of the Mississippi River!  There are Native Americans in your classroom and you probably don’t even know it!  Forget the stereotype of what you have been conditioned to believe a Native American should look like, it is false.

Consider this, as with any other population of people, there are different characteristics that make people individually unique.  Why should Native Americans be any different?  They are not; we may have different hair types (straight, curly, wavy, blonde, black, brown, red, etc.).  Our skin tones also vary in color fair to dark as well as our eye color (brown, black, blue, green, hazel).  Many of us have European names, due to assimilation and our various tribal and family heritages.  Although we are readily identified as people of color it is difficult for some teachers to identify us as Native Americans due to stereotypes and the unfortunate belief that American Indians are artifacts of the past.  We are not artifacts we are members of this democracy and are contributing individuals to this great society.

Native Americans Here In North Carolina That Are Leaders and Achievers!

Dr. Zoe W. Locklear, Lumbee-Cheraw, (please click on link for her bio) Dean of the School of Education for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, (please click on link for her bio) Assistant Professor of History at Harvard University

Rosa Winfree, Lumbee-Cheraw, is an educator and is a leader who has served as chair of the Lumbee Tribal Council, the board of directors for Catching the Dream National Indian Scholarship Fund, the North Carolina Indian Cultural Center, and founded the American Indian Women Inc.

Jana Sampson, Lumbee-Cheraw singer, Multiple Native American Music Award (NAMMY’s) Winner

Lorna McNeill Ricotta, former Miss North Carolina, now Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke visit the alpha pi omega sorority website

To Find Out More About Native Americans Here In North Carolina These Are Invaluable Links:

  • North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Web Site
  • Official web site of the of the Lumbee-Cheraw tribe
  • LRDA’s Lumbee Pathways website has excellent sources and information
  • Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling’s The Lumbee Indians: An Annotated Bibliography Supplement website has a pretty comprehensive source of information about the Lumbee Indians
  •  Please visit the Lumbee River Fund Site concerning collecting and documenting Lumbee History
  • Malinda Maynor Lowery’s Site about Lumbee History and its relation to Faith-Sounds of Faith
  • Official homepage of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • North Carolina Towncreek Indian Mound
  • UNC-Pembroke’s Native American Resource Center’s Web Page- it is like a mini tour!
  • Native American Fact Page from the North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs, specifically the information for elementary school students is of interest.

Excellent Links To Learn More About Native Americans

  • National Museum of the American Indian Web Page
  • This is a webquest on Native Americans sponsored by the Carnegie Museum

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