Museum of the Southeast American Indian About Us

The Museum is located in historic Old Main, the first brick structure on campus (1923). Old Main is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and also houses the Departments of American Indian Studies, Geology and Geography, Mass Communications, The Pine Needle student newspaper, and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Old Main Building

Directions to UNC Pembroke: Pembroke, North Carolina is ten miles west of the intersection of U.S. 74 and Interstate 95. View directions to UNCP. View  map of campus.

Research: The Museum conducts and cooperates with other agencies on various types of research. Topics have included: archaeology of southeastern North Carolina; Native American health issues; Native American history and contemporary issues.

According to local legends, the Indians of Robeson County are descendants of several tribal groups (three languages families - Eastern Siouan, Iroquoian and Algonkian) and John White's Lost Colony. Today, the Lumbee number over 50,000, with the majority residing in Robeson and adjoining counties.

History of UNCP: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke began in 1887 as a school for Indians of Robeson County. For more than a half a century, it proudly and effectively educated only Native Americans. Today, the University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, serving a multi-ethnic student body. But the University remembers its origins. Through the Department of  American Indian Studies and The Museum of the Southeast American Indian the University provides a diverse program focusing on prehistory, history, culture, art and contemporary issues of Native America. Indians and non-Indians alike who are interested in gaining knowledge and insight about America's first citizens will find this program most valuable.


  • Because It Is Right (An Essay About Lumbees and Federal Recognition)
  • Robeson Trails Archaeological Survey (1988);
  • Along the Trail: A Reader About Native Americans (1992);
  • Robeson Crossroads Archaeological Survey (1993);
  • The Lumbee In Context (2000);
  • Fine In The World: Lumbee Language in Time and Place (2002);
  • Lumbee By Grace: Landmarks in Indian Identity [VHS} (2002), Remastered (2007);
  • River Spirits: A Collection of Lumbee Writings (2003);
  • In The Heart Of Tradition: The Eight State Recognized Tribes and The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs [DVD] (2005);
  • A Healing Faith [Video] (2005);
  • Our People: The Sappony [DVD] (2007);
  • Dancing in the Garden of the Lord [DVD] (2007);
  • Listen To The Drum: A Closer Look At American Indian Powwow Music [DVD] (2008)
  • Our People: The Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation [DVD] (2008)
  • Our People: The Lumbee [DVD] (2009)
  • Our People: The Coharie [DVD] (2011)
  • Waccamaw Indian People of South Carolina [DVD] (2012)
  • Knowledge, Wisdom & the Traditional Mind:  The Nottoway in the 21st Century [DVD] [Blu-ray] (2014)
Thomas Assembly Room
Thomas Assembly Room

Assembly Room: The Thomas Assembly Room seats approximately sixty people, providing space for classes, workshops and small meetings. In the Assembly Room facilities for film viewing are available. Several films and videotapes are shown at no cost to the public.

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Gallery Image

Exhibits: An exciting variety of exhibits is on display, including prehistoric tools and weapons, 19th century Lumbee artifacts, contemporary Indian art and items which represent Native Americans from all over North America. New items are continuously being collected and put on display.

Tours: Tours of the Museum are conducted free of charge. Schools groups, senior citizens, civic and community organizations are welcome. For groups, of 10 or more, or for specialized tours, please call for reservations.

Hours of Operation:  The Museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  The Museum is typically closed for lunch from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm.  Please call ahead for reservations.