Genealogy project offers window into Lumbee history.

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Jenkins, Venita. “Genealogy project offers window into Lumbee history.” Fayetteville Observer Monday, 29 July 2002.


This article describes a summer project, called the Summer Rewards Program, which received a $10,000 grant administered through the Lumbee Tribal Council. Thirty Lumbee students who have a B average or better will be paid to visit over 100 Indian cemeteries, interview tribal elders, and create a directory of Indian grave sites (recording name, birth date, death date, and location of grave). The directory will be published by, and sold from, the Lumbee Tribal Council office. Transcripts of the students' interviews with elders will be mounted on the Tribal Council's Web site.

The project requires each student to interview at least ten tribal elders who are over 60 years old, inquiring about their childhood and youth in Robeson County. The students will also search for information on family and private cemeteries by looking through deeds and court records.

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