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Southeast American Indian Studies

Lawrence Locklear coordinates Southeast American Indian Studies Program

by Sara Owen, Photo Editor

Lawrence Locklear

UNCP Web publisher Lawrence Locklear has been appointed program coordinator in the Southeast American Indian Studies Program.

Bobby Jo Sonon has replaced Locklear while the university conducts a search for a new Web publisher.

Locklear's responsibilities include “grant writing, networking and fundraising,” he said.

His goals include organizing a Southeast American Indian Studies conference, fundraising, grants, networking with other tribes and developing a digital archive, he said.

Digital archive

“There’s a lot to do ... one of the things we want to establish is a digital archive," Locklear said. "That digital archive would include tribal documents, like laws, constitutions anything else the tribe can provide us with."

The Southeast American Indian Studies Program “seems like a natural fit for me,” Locklear said. “I love this university."

Locklear is from Pembroke, where he attended Purnell Swett High School. He has served as part of the Lumbee Tribal Council.

He has completed three degrees, one of which is in American Indian Studies. Locklear also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from UNCP and a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University.

He worked as a seventh grade social studies teacher before switching careers. He was a computing consultant for the university's Division of Instructional technology (DoIT). He taught faculty members how to use computers, email, the Internet and Microsoft Word in 1999 and 2000. He developed the university's website as web publisher from 2000.

History of UNCP

Hail To UNCP

Locklear co-authored the book Hail to UNCP! A 125-Year History of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke along with Dr. Linda E. Oxendine, Dr. David K. Eliades and Scott Bigelow. The book recounts the founding of the school in 1887 to train Lumbee Indian teachers and its evolution into a four-year university and member institution of the University of North Carolina System. It is available in the UNCP bookstore and online.

Dr. Oxendine is professor emeritus at UNCP, where she was director and curator of the Native American Resource Center from 1982 to 1986 and chaired the department of American Indian Studies from 1989 to 2006.

Dr. Eliades was a professor of history and American Indian studies at UNCP from 1967 to 2001.

Scott Bigelow is a public communications specialist in the Office for Advancement in University Communications and Marketing at UNCP.