Up & Coming Weekly

July 09, 2019

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20 UCW JULY 10-16, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM CROWN COMPLEX 1960 Coliseum Dr. • 910-438-4100 www.crowncomplexnc.com July 13 Glenn Miller Orchestra Nov. 19 Mannheim Steamroller DOWNTOWN SUMMER NIGHTS 100 block of Person Street • 910-223-1089 July 20 Autumn Nicholas and Legacy Motown July 27 Guy Unger Band and Embers FAYETTEVILLE AFTER 5 Festival Park: 335 Ray Ave• 910-433-1547 July 12 Rivermist THE TAPHOUSE AT HUSKE 411 Hay St. • 910-426-5650 July 12 Dueling Pianos July 13 Sells Out Inc THE DRUNK HORSE PUB 106 S Eastern Blvd. • 910-835-8347 July 10 America Part Two, Ronx, Out of It July 17 Smile Empty Soul LUIGI'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 528 N McPherson Church Rd. 910-864-1810• www.luigisnc.com July 13 '80s Unplugged July 19 Cool Heat July 20 TR Cogburn MUSIC Lumbee author Malinda Maynor Lowery LITERATURE D.G. MARTIN, Host of UNC's Book Watch. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Recently, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criti- cizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba Tribe's efforts to acquire land near Kings Mountain to build a casi- no. Burr also criticized the Cherokees for lobbying against full recognition for the Lumbee tribe because they view it as a threat to their federal benefits and gaming business. In a response published in the June 23 News & Observer, Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, stated, "Actually, the Eastern Band has opposed Lumbee recognition legislation for literally a century, long before tribal gaming. The Lumbees have claimed to be a Cherokee tribe and at least three other historic tribes over the years, and their identity as an historic tribe and as individual descendants of an historic tribe has been questioned for many, many years." So, what are the facts? Where did the Lumbee people come from? How are they different from other Native Americans, and how are they alike? Malinda Maynor Lowery, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill associ- ate professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of the American South, takes on this chal- lenge in her new book, "The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle." As a member of the Lumbee tribe with deep family roots in the Lumbee community, Lowery brings more than scholarship to her explanation of her people's origins and history. She weaves her family's experience with the defin- ing events in Lumbee history. The main characters in Lumbee and family his- tory turn out to be a fascinating blend of characters, heroes and scoundrels, preachers and bootleggers, lawyers and lawbreakers, and farmers, all deeply attached to the swampy lands along the Lumber River in Robeson County. In the early 1700s, as early American Indian tribes were decimated by dis- ease and the relentless pressure from European settlement, remnants from these groups made their way to the Lumber River (then called Downing Creek). By the 1750s, Lowery writes, "the people of Downing Creek and its swamps knit together families and plac- es. They traced belonging through kinship, spoke English and farmed." Lowery cites reports of violent action in 1773 at Downing Creek that included the names of "Chavis, Locklear, Grooms, Ivey, Sweat, Kearsey, and Dial families, all ancestors of today's Lumbees." During and after the Civil War, Henry Berry Lowry and his gang made war on the white establishment. Though Lowry escaped punishment, a cohort, Henderson Oxendine, was captured and hanged in 1871. For his last words, he sang "Amazing Grace" and "And Can I Yet Delay," an old Methodist hymn. Oxendine is Malinda Lowery's great-great-grandfather. Henry Berry Lowry is remembered and revered in the community as the Lumbee Robin Hood. In the post-Civil War and Jim Crow times, Lumbees fought for Indian schools, state recognition and a tribal name, finally settling on the Lumbee name in the 1950s. One defining event in Lumbee his- tory occurred in 1958 when a large group of Lumbees disrupted a Ku Klux Klan rally near Maxton and chased its leaders away, gaining positive national attention for the Lumbee. The Lumbee effort for federal recog- nition gained partial success in 1956 with the passage of the Lumbee Act. It recognized the tribe as Indian but did not make its people eligible for the ben- efits accorded other recognized tribes. As for the future, Lowery closes her book with a strong argument for full recognition of the Lumbee. "Under pressure of European settlement, our ancestors abandoned many of our oldest homeplaces, but having existed for nearly 300 years along the Lumber River, we will not forsake this place." Lowery may not persuade everyone that the Lumbee tribe should gain full recognition. But what she has shown conclusively is that the Lumbee peo- ple are entitled to respect, admiration and appreciation for their 300-plus years struggle to build and hold their community together. Why are Carolina Native American tribes at war with each other? by D.G. MARTIN

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