On April 30, 2019, the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs will be having a hearing regarding the Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina tribal rights. The hearing will be starting at 9 am through 3 pm. After 41 years, the Tuscarora Nation is finally allowed to provide oral and written testimony for the State Hearing; however, in 1867, the US War Department had federal investigations on the Lowry Family in Robeson County and they indicated they were Tuscaroras.
In 1934, the NC Tuscarora were federally acknowledged by the BIA pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act enacted by Congress. In 1975, the North Carolina Tuscarora were finally given federal services with BIA Houses and lands taken into the US Department of Interior by abstract title deed. Additional services included the Indian Health Service, Indian Loans, Housing, and Scholarships.
In 1978, the Executive Director, Mr. A. Bruce Jones, of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs acknowledged the Tuscarora as being one of the State Recognized Tribes in a letter to the BIA Federal Indian Affairs Office, Office of Federal Acknowledgement in Washington, DC. Since that time the Tuscarora always maintained their tribal status but the NC Department of Administration unfairly withheld tribal services for biased reasons of their own which violates the Tuscarora's equal rights and protection under the law, and US Constitutional Rights for due process.
Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina
PEMBROKE — Three Robeson County Tuscarora American Indian groups have united to press their case for state recognition by submitting a petition and responses to “findings and deficiencies” to the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs.
Tamra Lowry has spearheaded the Tuscarora Confederacy’s claim to a seat at the table of the 21-member commission. With input from legal and anthropological resources, the petition makes a case for about 1,000 people in three Tuscarora strongholds in Maxton, Saddletree and Prospect communities.
On Jan. 24, the Tuscarora Confederacy of Robeson County delivered its final response to the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Preliminary Findings and Deficiencies associated with the petition for state recognition.
It took the Tuscarora people precisely 358 days to demonstrate kinship relationships with other recognized American Indian tribes. These relationships with other recognized American Indian tribes were based on the petitioner’s identification as an American Indian group or community, and were evidenced by historic blood and marriage kinship ties and communal interaction of spiritual, educational, and social institutions; or other cultural relationships between known (recognized) tribal communities and the petitioner’s community
The Tuscarora Confederacy provided official records, which included, birth, church, school, military, medical, local and county government records, and other official records identifying the Tuscarora people as American Indian. These vital records will be used in assisting the Tuscarora people’s documentation of American Indian identity. The Tuscarora also provided State and Federal documents identifying them as American Indian. Additionally, documents were submitted which evidenced numerous instances of historic government-to-government relationships between the Tuscarora bands and federal and state governments.
On January 11, 2019, the Tuscarora Nation will be holding a Benefit Plate Sale for Ms. Patty Locklear, Tribal Citizen, Beaver Clan. All Proceeds will go toward the Lung Transplant for Patty Locklear at Duke Hospital. Please help support us at this time of need. Enjoy a meals and save life! And remember, please come to the the Tuscarora Cookhouse at 10:am until.....
The Menu will consist of the following:
All Plates will come with two sides starting at $11.00 through $8.00.
All Sandwiches will start at $4.00 up to $7.00 each.
Combination Plates: $10.00 through $13.00.
Two Sides: Green Beans, Cole Slaw, and Candid Yams.
The location of the Benefit Plate Sale will be at the Tuscarora Cookhouse on the Tuscarora Tribal Government Fairgrounds at 288 Tuscarora Nation Road, Maxton, North Carolina 28364.
Please feel free to contact Jennifer for more details at the Tribal Office 910-844-3352.
On January 26, 2019, at 6:30pm it will be a Benefit Singing for Patty Locklear. Patty Locklear is a enrolled Tuscarora Citizen of the Beaver Clan. The Benefit Singing will be located at the Maxton First AOG located at 1033 Old Red Springs Road, Maxton, North Carolina 28364.
The singers of the event Benefit Singing will be Lucinda Callahan, The Nortons, The Oxendine Family, Sounds of Praise, and the Youth in Christ. We invite everyone to Come Worship.
Don't miss this great day. See you soon!
Please contact the Tuscarora Nation Tribal Clerk. O-neh
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