Southeast American Indian Studies Program

Initiatives

Community Engagement and Outreach

The Southeast American Indian Studies Program is proud to announce the Safeguarding Our Natural and Tribal Heritage Youth Program and Project ACCESS.

 

Safeguarding Our Natural and Tribal Heritage Youth Program

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The Southeast American Indian Studies (SAIS) Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the second annual Safeguarding Our Natural and Tribal Heritage Youth Program.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and hosted by SAIS, will be held July 11-22, 2016.

The FREE two-week residential program is seeking 20 American Indian high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors that have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as agriculture, veterinary, plant, food, environmental sciences, and natural resources, wildlife biology, and related fields.

The intensive program will be held at UNC Pembroke, with visits to sites within the state including North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the NC Zoo in Asheboro.

The program will expose students to the STEM and other fields, the college environment at UNC Pembroke, and American Indian history and culture, as well as potential career opportunities for college graduates in the tribal community and with the USDA-APHIS.

The application deadline is May 15, 2016, no later than 5 p.m.

Return completed application toyour Indian Education YDS staff or mail to: Southeast American Indian Studies Program, UNC Pembroke, PO Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372.

For additional information, please visit www.uncp.edu/sais/initiatives or contact

  • Dr. Alfred Bryant (Lumbee), Founding Director, Southeast American Indian Studies Program  |  Email: alfred.bryant@uncp.edu | Phone: 910.775.4009 | Fax: 910.522.5795
  • Lawrence T. Locklear (Lumbee), Program Coordinator, Southeast American Indian Studies Program  |  Email: lawrence.locklear@uncp.edu | Phone: 910.775.4579  | Fax: 910.522.5795

 

Project ACCESS

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Project ACCESS Conceptual FrameworkProject ACCESS (Achieving College Opportunities, Community Engagement, and Student Success) is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Indian Education’s Office of Indian Education. The goal of Project ACCESS is to improve access to higher education and career preparedness for American Indian youth of Robeson County. The initiative will engage Native youth, their families, and their tribal communities to be active participants in the process.

The Project ACCESS Summer Residential Camp is a FREE three-day, two-night residential camp, held at UNC Pembroke.

Applicants will select one (1) of the seven (7) dates to attend: June 19-21, June 23-25, June 27-29, July 10-12, July 14-16, July 18-20, or July 24-26, 2016.

Each camp will host 24 American Indian high school students from Robeson County who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.

The program will expose the students to campus life and teach them about the admission and financial aid process as well as test tasking strategies. Students will complete a college application and essay, develop a resume, and practice interview skills. Participants will also participate in cultural activities. Parents are invited to participate in the last day of the camp, to learn more about higher education and financial aid.

The application deadline is May 15, 2016, no later than 5 p.m.

Return completed application toyour Indian Education YDS staff or mail to: Southeast American Indian Studies Program, UNC Pembroke, PO Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372.

For additional information, please visit www.uncp.edu/sais/initiatives or contact

  • Lawrence T. Locklear (Lumbee), Program Coordinator, Southeast American Indian Studies Program  |  Email: lawrence.locklear@uncp.edu | Phone: 910.775.4579  | Fax: 910.522.5795

 

Other Initiatives

To support its research and outreach agenda, the Southeast American Indian Studies (SAIS) program will work to establish a digital repository and archive, an elder-in-residence program and an honors residence program.

Digital Repository and Archive

SAIS will house a digital repository and archive (DRA) of historical and contemporary primary documents, including government reports, maps, census data and tribal documents such as petitions for federal and state recognition, constitutions and legislation. A special component of the digital repository will be the collection of oral histories, photographs and traditions of Southeastern Indigenous peoples. The DRA will allow individuals and families to document the histories, stories and oral traditions important to their tribal communities. Oral histories will be collected using audio and/or video recordings that will be stored in various digital formats. The DRA collection will be available to the public as well as scholars.

The DRA may also include proceedings from the Southeast Indian Studies Conference, the Adolph Dial papers, the Elmer T. Hunt Photo Collection, the papers of Congressman Charlie Rose, the Hamilton McMillan papers, and documents, photos and papers acquired through the Lumbee River Fund.

Elder-In-Residence Program

SAIS will facilitate an Elder-in-Residence program that brings a distinguished American Indian elder to the university to hold office hours, participate in lectures, workshops, classroom presentations or other educational programming. This program will be an opportunity for the Elder-in-Residence and a community elder to interact with students to share wisdom, experience and knowledge that may not normally be available or part of a formal academic program.

Honors Residence Program

SAIS will support a residential honors program for students in collaboration with the Esther G. Maynor Honors College. The honors program will host small classroom experiences for students who wish to have an advanced course in the study of American Indian peoples and cultures. The program will include a residential component where students reside together on campus in a living-learning community. Students will experience an intense program of study with research and summer components that require collaboration with fellow students, faculty and tribal elders and communities.