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Panel on Henry Berry Lowrie kicks off Native American Speakers Series

The 2015-16 Native American Speakers Series schedule was announced this week by UNC Pembroke Department of American Indian Studies and the Southeast American Indian Studies Program.

Sponsored by PNC Bank, the series features nationally recognized American Indian scholars and artists who will delve into diverse topics and issues including Lumbee history, Native cuisine, health and wellness and Southeastern Native art.

Admission to the series is free, and it is open to the public.

Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery

Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery

Dr. Jaime Martinez

Dr. Jaime Martinez

Dr. Lois Ellen Frank

Dr. Lois Ellen Frank

Dr. Vernon Grant

Dr. Vernon Grant

Sarah Deer

Sarah Deer

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark

American Meredith

America Meredith

Ashley Minner

Ashley Minner

The series begins with a panel discussion of American Indian hero Henry Berry Lowrie and the Lowrie War on Tuesday, October 13, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Annex.

The political assassination of Henry Berry’s father Allen Lowrie and brother William on March 3, 1865 sparked the bloody 10-year Lowrie War in Robeson County. A panel comprised of Lumbee Indian scholars, Bruce Barton, Kenneth Clark, Jefferson Currie, II and Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery with UNCP history professor Dr. Jaime Martinez will discuss the major events, players, and legacies of the conflict during its 150th anniversary.

Award winning chef, author, Native foods historian, culinary anthropologist and photographer Dr. Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa and Sephardic) will speak on Tuesday, October 27, at 7 p.m. in the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, located on the first floor of historic Old Main. Based in Santa Fe, N.M., Dr. Frank specializes in indigenous cuisine, and she will discuss indigenous traditional foodways, contemporary cuisines, and Native wellness.

Health expert Dr. Vernon Grant is the third speaker in the series, appearing Thursday, November 5. Dr. Grant is a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. His research is focused on finding strategies to increase physical activity in American Indian populations to decrease obesity and the subsequent development of diabetes, and to underscore the health consequences attributed to leading a sedentary lifestyle. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the University Center Annex.

Speaking Tuesday, February 16, 2016, is Sarah Deer, a lawyer and assistant professor of law at William Mitchell College. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Deer is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Deer leverages her deep understanding of tribal and federal law to develop policies and legislation that empower tribal nations to protect Native women from the pervasive and intractable problem of sexual and domestic violence. The title of her presentation is “Sovereignty of the Soul: Violence and Native Women.” Deer’s talk begins at 7 p.m. in the University Center Annex. Her lecture is sponsored by UNCP’s Teaching and Learning Center.

A panel of Native artists continues the series on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Addressing the topic of contemporary Southeastern Native art will be America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), a painter, printmaker, educator, and editor of First American Art Magazine, Jessica Clark (Lumbee), a Robeson County painter and educator, Ashley Minner (Lumbee), a community-based visual artist and scholar from Baltimore, Md., and Terry White, a Lumbee artist from Robeson County. The panel begins at 7 p.m. in the University Center Annex.

Concluding the series on Thursday, June 30, 2016 is the annual Lumbee Book Talk. Held in conjunction with Lumbee Homecoming, the event features Lumbee authors and authors who write about the Lumbee. The featured authors will be announced at a later date. The talk begins at 2 p.m. in the UNCP Bookstore.

The series is sponsored by PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.. PNC (www.pnc.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

For more information about the Native American Speakers Series, please visit www.uncp.edu/ais, email ais@uncp.edu, or call 910.521.6266.

2015-16 Native American Speakers Series

  • October 13, 2015: Henry Berry Lowrie and the Lowrie War Panel
    • Bruce Barton (Lumbee)
    • Kenneth Clark (Lumbee)
    • Jefferson Currie, II (Lumbee)
    • Dr. Jaime Martinez
    • Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee)
  • October 27, 2015: Dr. Lois Ellen Frank (Kiowa and Sephardic)
  • November 5, 2015: Dr. Vernon Grant (Blackfeet)
  • February 16, 2016: Sarah Deer (Muscogee)
  • March 31, 2016: Contemporary Southeastern Native Art Panel
    • Jessica Clark (Lumbee)
    • America Meredith (Cherokee Nation)
    • Ashley Minner (Lumbee)
    • Terry White (Lumbee)
  • June 30, 2016: Lumbee Book Talk