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LUMBERTON — The rebirth of the N.C. Indian Cultural Center will head the business items to be discussed by the Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday.

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is requesting the county to donate at least $100,000 to help fund the restoration of the Cultural Center. The tribe recently purchased the 386-acre property between Pembroke and Maxton that houses the center from the state for $351,000.

Paul Brooks, the tribe’s chairman, said in a letter to the commissioners that the money is needed because federal guidelines do not allow money from the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act and other smaller grants be used for such projects.

“I am asking for a minimal donation of $100,000,” Brooks said in his letter. “This amount will be used primarily for matching funds toward potential grants our staff will be seeking for the restoration phase.”

In his letter Brooks says the center will benefit all of Robeson County.

“We strongly believe this project will enhance the lives of our citizens in a positive way and continue to impact the lives of generations to come,” Brooks said. “… Together, we can improve the economic state of our county, showcase our rich and vibrant heritage as well as provide additional opportunities for local tourism.”

In other business, the commissioners will:

— Hear a budget request from Thomas Norton, the executive director of Palmer Prevention Inc. Palmer Prevention is a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center with a primary focus on substance abuse treatment.

— Consider a copier contract.

— Hear a Personnel Committee report from Commissioner Roger Oxendine, the committee’s chairman.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the commissioners room of the county administration building on North Elm Street.

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