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
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. It begins with an historical overview of the tribe’s rich cultural heritage, examining the historical and contemporary socioeconomic challenges faced by Robeson County, North Carolina—the home of the tribe. The story revolves around various individuals and groups committed to creating community initiatives to improve conditions in the area. 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.