TUSCARORA NATION OF NORTH CAROLINA
The 2020 U.S. Census is the only way for Tuscarora Indians to be "counted," and to have a voice for the next Seven Generations to be heard. Every Tuscarora must complete the 2020 U.S. Census to be officially counted as Tuscarora by the federal government. No matter where you live, our Tuscarora Nation and tribal communities does count in the 2020 U.S. Census.
The 2020 Census: Every 10 years, the federal government counts everyone who lives in the United States.
Why is the 2020 Census important to us? A complete and accurate count of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States contributes to better planning and decision-making for Indian Country, and it helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed to communities and tribes for programs and grants.
Your participation in the census builds on our communities’ progress and helps shape our future for generations to come. How will we be counted? Beginning in early 2020, every household will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Will our information be kept confidential?
Yes. Your responses to the 2020 Census are confidential and protected by law. Personal information is never shared with any government agencies or law enforcement.
Please make your voice count as Tuscarora Indian in North Carolina, visit: https://my2020census.gov/
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April Whittemore Locklear, Tuscarora, former 1998 -1999 Miss Indian World, named assistant director of Employer Relations at University of North Carolina Pembroke’s Career Center. Locklear will be partnering with local, state and regional employers to develop, promote and recruit professional internships and jobs for our students and recent graduates. She will also assist graduate schools in promoting relevant graduate degree programs to campus.
Locklear joined UNC Pembroke in 2012 and has worked as an academic advisor in the Transfer Transition Office and then as the Senior Coordinator in the TRIO Student Support Services Office.
Prior to UNCP, Locklear worked for more than 10 years in the areas of human resources, grant writing and counseling in the corporate, state government and nonprofit industries. She has two Master of Arts degrees in Human Resources and Mental Health Counseling.
Locklear is a licensed clinical addictions specialist. She leads University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Brave Book Initiative: Build upon UNCP’s unique heritage by expanding our focus on American Indian Engagement and serves as the UNCP Staff Council Chair. “Our students possess a great sense of self-awareness, community grit and academic preparedness,” Whittemore Locklear said. “Diverse employers are attracted to UNCP. It is my job to build these relationship to benefit self, family and communities creating long lasting positive effects for generations to come.”
See: Indian Country Today, https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/the-press-pool/april-whittemore-locklear-tuscarora-named-assistant-director-of-employer-relations-at-university-of-north-carolina-pembroke-s-career-center-rjiqyxB_Y0KQN2RVPciqsQ
Photo Courtesy:Indian Country Today Feb. 25, 2019 News Release University of North Carolina Pembroke
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.
PRESS RELEASE: On November 10, 2015, the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Celebrates Partnership with Native Americans in Wisconsin - $1.3 Million to Improve Housing In Five Tribal Communities Nationwide.
• North Carolina Indian Housing Authority – $204,000 grant to provide technical assistance to the Lumbee and Tuscarora Tribes to build eight homes in Cumberland, Robeson and Hoke counties over two years
For more information, please read the entire and complete Federal Press Releases by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development by clicking the links below;
Credits: United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, Federal Press Release: https://www.rd.usda.gov/newsroom/news-release. Pub. November 2015.
Credits: 2015 Press Release United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) RD. See www.rd.usda.gov
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