USH: Lumbee Chapter
It is with EXTREME enthusiasm that we announce our expansion to the United States! We will begin the USH: Lumee Chapter in Pembroke, North Carolina, a collaboration with the Lumbee Tribe Boys & Girls Club. Funded by The First Nation’s Development Institute of Longmont, CO, the Lumbee Tribe adoption and implementation of USH began in September 2016 and is funded through July 2017. We are simply ecstatic!
In keeping with the USH vision of youth-led expansions of USH, our Guatemalan Program Leaders Carlos, Chema, and Carmen initiated the chapter. These three leaders sat with the group of Lumbee youth who will participate in the USH program. Carlos, Chema, and Carmen introduced how USH has been evolving in Guatemala, asked them about their visions for USH in their community, and answered questions. This introduction was part of USH’s participation in the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Native American Speaker Series.
We would also like to announce two outstanding Lumbee Tribe youth who will facilitate and manage the USH: Lumbee Chapter. Please help us in welcoming Reagan and Bryan.
Reagan is a Native American student at UNC-Pembroke majoring in biology with a Biomedical Emphasis with aspirations to become an orthodontist. Reagan serves as an ambassador for SHPEP and is an American Indian Association Scholar. She is passionate about social issues surrounding Indigenous people and is excited to be working with USH and the Lumbee tribe.
Bryan is 20 years old and is from a small town called Fairmont, North Carolina which is located in Robeson County. He is currently seeking his Criminal Justice Degree at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His willingness to give back to the community and help give his Lumbee people a voice, inspired him to pursue Unlocking Silent Histories: Lumbee Chapter.
Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend: Dr. Lowry-Townsend is the Lumbee tribe’sYouth Services Manager at the Lumbee Boys & Girls Clubs.
Tiffany Locklear and Denise Hunt: Tiffany and Denise are doctoral students at UNCW. Locklear and Hunt, also Lumbee Tribe members, will volunteer their services at the Lumbee Tribe Boys & Girls Club as independent studies students and their participation will assist with the project’s sustainability. Hunt and Locklear are thrilled about bringing the cultural resources of the project to the Lumbee community to make education relevant to our students.