The Southeast American Indian Studies Program (SAIS) at UNC Pembroke offers a tremendous range of opportunities for Southeast American Indian peoples, communities, researchers, and scholars.
The very existence of a program dedicated to these communities will affirm their historical, political, social, cultural, and economic significance to tribal members, the region, scholars, and researchers, as well as government and non-government agencies.
Launched in 2012, the SAIS program, it is hoped, will form the foundation for an eventual School of Southeast American Indian Studies.
UNC Pembroke's historic mission uniquely situates the campus to meet the academic needs of the Southeast's indigenous communities. It is fitting that the announcement of this program was made in 2012, the year that the UNC Pembroke celebrated its 125th anniversary.
The dedication of energy and resources necessary to bring this program to reality is grounded in the firm belief that the SAIS will be mutually beneficial to UNCP's academic community and the indigenous communities of the Southeast. The establishment of this program underscores UNC Pembroke's historic and continuing mission to educate and uplift American Indian students and their communities.
Voices of the Lumbee Documentary
Produced by UNCP professors Jason Hutchens (Mass Communication) and Michele Fazio (English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages), Voices of the Lumbee is a documentary film that raises awareness about the ongoing struggles of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina in the wake of decades of economic downturn in the coastal plains region. The narrative thread weaves through historical and cultural aspects of the Lumbee Tribe that have led to modern-day socioeconomic challenges faced by Robeson County, North Carolina—the home of the Lumbee. Individuals and groups committed to improving conditions in the area share their efforts to bring positive change to the region. Despite decades of economic and political struggles, the Lumbee continue to uphold a strong sense of pride and devotion for their culture. Told through their voices, this is their story.