January 24, 2014
To the Editor,
I would like to respond to the article in The Robesonian on Jan. 17 titled “Tribal Council updated on recall push.”
Eric Locklear, the so-called self-proclaimed community activist, updated the council members on the efforts of a recently formed nonprofit that is collecting donations to finance a recall election. Locklear said that a public outcry is growing for a recall of the chairman as a result of Brooks recently being found guilty in Lumbee Supreme Court on six contempt of court charges. He also said that action brought by Brooks against him in the North Carolina court system is an attack against the tribe’s sovereignty.
From what I can see and hear, the only so-called public outcry is coming from a few council members and a few others.
Locklear goes on to say that the cost of an election is $30,000, all of which must come from donations. Must I remind Mr. Locklear that many people are going through some tough times, and money is hard to come by. Out of 100 counties in North Carolina, Robeson is one of the poorest.
As for the court charges, if I remember correctly, Pearline Revels was found guilty by the Tribal Supreme Court of taking some papers from the Turtle, and bannned from all tribal activities. The Tribal Council members saw fit to override the Tribal Supreme Court.
I wonder what Eric Locklear’s ulterior motive for spearheading this recall of Brooks. From what I understand, Eric tried to get a job at the Turtle and was refused. He was even a backer of Brooks at one time. Eric Locklear needs to get a life and stop being a want-to-be.
No matter if you agree or disagree with someone, I can’t see how someone can stoop so low as to try to burn another persons house. Eric, I am sorry for your loss.
Richard Terry Locklear