To the Editor,
In the last election, fewer than 10 percent of the enrolled eligible voters of the Lumbee tribe cast a ballot. Yet the members of the tribe who don’t vote and don’t have anything to do with the Lumbee Tribal Government are constantly being judged by stories on the front of newspapers that have nothing to do with them.
The voters let their thoughts and beliefs be known by remaining silent. If the voters would have believed in the tribal government, the Tribal Council and the administration, there would not have been enough staff at the polls to handle the turnout.
However, the numbers speak for themselves. To achieve, first you must believe, especially when it comes to federal recognition.
The tribal government has no effect on me; I am a U.S. citizen first and forever. They can sit down there and bicker like children, serve their certain client lists and operate their non-profits. If the first holders of the Lumbee housing funds, the North Carolina Indian Housing Authority, would have the funds transferred to them, more work would get done, more people would be helped and more elders would be served. Everyone would have HUD certifications and more than a high school diploma.
Mr. Editor, when you print another story about the Lumbee Tribe and its government, just remember 90 percent of the eligible enrolled voters of the Lumbee Tribe would rather read something that they will not be judged for by the public.
But, if 90 percent of the voters in the Lumbee Tribe won’t even vote, could you please put the stories on page 2A or 4A?
The Robesonian is not just about the Lumbee Tribe, it is about Robeson County and the wonderful people who live here. There are many wonderful stories yet to be told other than some Lumbees fighting over funding that those who need it, will never see.
Vinita Cookie” Maynor Clark