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Lumbee Book Talk

Lumbee Book Talk will feature history of UNCP, July 4

Lumbee authors Lawrence T. Locklear and Dr. Linda Oxendine will discuss their book “Hail to UNCP! A 125-Year History of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke” during Lumbee Homecoming.

Sponsored by UNC Pembroke’s American Indian Studies Department, the Bookstore and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, the Lumbee Book Talk will be held Friday, July 4, at 1 p.m. in the University Center Annex on the UNCP campus.

Lawrence T. Locklear

Lawrence T. Locklear

Linda E. Oxendine

Linda E. Oxendine

The event features Lumbee authors and authors who write about the Lumbee Indians.

Locklear is the program coordinator for UNCP’s Southeast American Indian Studies program. Dr. Oxendine is a professor emeritus of American Indian Studies at UNCP.

Published in April 2014, “Hail to UNCP!” is a 375-page volume with 120 photos, illustrations and maps that recounts the university’s compelling and unique history. It is available for purchase from the UNCP Bookstore for $25 – either in store or online (www.uncp.edu/bookstore). E-book versions are available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com for $9.99.

Also featured is Lumbee author Buddy Oxendine. His book “My Ramblings: Random Thoughts” is a collection of what Oxendine calls “silly” short stories that impart wisdom through humor. “My Ramblings” is available for purchase at the UNCP Bookstore and amazon.com for $12.56.

Copies of both books will be available for purchase and autographs. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, chair of the Department of American Indian Studies, at 910.775.4262 or email mary.jacobs@uncp.edu.

Hail to UNCP! Cover

Past Southeast Indian Studies Conferences

Tenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference 
April 10-11, 2014
University Center Annex

Dr. Melanie Benson Taylor

Photo credit Eli Burakian

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Melanie Benson Taylor is an associate professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, working at the intersections of Native and U.S. Southern literature and culture. She is the author of Disturbing Calculations: The Economics of Identity in Postcolonial Southern Literature, 1912-2002 (University of Georgia Press, 2008) and Reconstructing the Native South: American Indian Literature and the Lost Cause (University of Georgia Press, 2012), as well as essays on William Faulkner, Louis Owens, Barry Hannah, Dawn Karima Pettigrew, and others. Her current book projects include Indian Killers, an exploration of violence in contemporary American literature by and about Native peoples, and Faulkner’s Doom, a study of Faulkner’s Indian characters as refractions of economic anxiety in the modern South.


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Ninth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference 
April 11-12, 2013
The Regional Center at COMtech

Lynette Allston

Keynote Speaker

Lynette Lewis Allston resides in the place where she spent her formative years through high school, on the family farm in Drewryville, (Southampton County) Virginia.  A graduate of Duke University with a degree in History and certification in secondary education, she maintained a dual residency in South Carolina and Virginia and returned to Virginia after retiring from two decades of business ownership in South Carolina.  Since the death of her maternal grandparents in 1987, she has operated the family farm that has been passed down through multiple generations.  Lynette is currently Chief and Chair of the Tribal Council of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, one of 11 Tribes officially recognized by the Commonwealth. Her organizational and leadership skills are evident in the many years devoted to community initiatives.  Under her leadership, the primary focus of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia has been to offer educational outreach and opportunities to close the gap that exists in understanding the history and culture of the Nottoway Indians. She is co-author of the book entitled, DoTraTung, which offers a compelling look at the history, culture and lifestyle of the Nottoway Indians.  DoTraTung, the Nottoway word for “New Moon”, symbolizes a fresh outlook for the future of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia. 



Derek Oxendine
Derek Oxendine

Southeast Indian Studies Conference

Eleventh Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference 
April 16-17, 2015
University Center Annex

The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.


LeAnne Howe

LeAnne Howe writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, scholarship, and plays that deal with Native experiences.  An enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, her first novel Shell Shaker, Aunt Lute Books, 2001 received an American Book Award in 2002 from the Before Columbus Foundation. The French translation Equinoxes Rouge was the 2004 finalist for Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards.  Evidence of Red, Salt Publishing, UK, 2005 won the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry in 2006. Howe’s second novel, Miko KingsAn Indian Baseball Story, Aunt Lute Books, 2007 was chosen by Hampton University in Virginia as their 2009-2010 Read-in Selection.

Her most recent books released in 2013 are Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film, MSUP Press, co-authored with Harvey Markowitz and Denise Cummings; and, Choctalking on Other RealitiesNew and Selected StoriesA Memoir, Aunt Lute Books.

Her recent awards include: the 2012 USA Artist Ford Fellowship, a $50,000 grant from United States Artists, a not for profit organization.  Howe joins a class of 2012 awardees that includes Annie Proulx, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, David Henry Hwang, Edgar Heap of Birds, Adrienne Kennedy, and many others.  http://www.usafellows.org/fellow/leanne_howe

In 2012 she was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas http://www.wordcraftcircle.org/featured. 2011 she was awarded the 2011 Tulsa Library Trust’s “American Indian Author Award” at Central Library in Tulsa, OK.

Howe was a 2010-2011 J. William Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan, Amman.  Her new novel-in-progress, Memoir of a Choctaw in the Arab Revolts 1917 & 2011 is set in Bilaad ash Sham, and Allen, Oklahoma. 

She makes her homes in Ada, Oklahoma, Amman, Jordan, and Athens, Georgia where she is currently the Eidson Distinguished Chair, in English at the University of Georgia.

View Video about LeAnne Howe: http://www.turtle-island.com/howe/howe_why_I_write_fin_SD_YT.mp4

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For more information, contact Alesia Cummings at 910.521.6266 or alesia.cummings@uncp.edu.

Derek Oxendine
Derek Oxendine

Native American Speakers Series Past Speakers

Dr. Orin StarnDr. Orin Starn
November 19, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Moore Hall Auditorium

Dr. Orin Starn’s presentation is titled “Braves, Seminoles, Indians, R--s….The Indian Mascot Controversy.” The recent protests against the name of the Washington football team have pushed the Indian mascot controversy onto the front pages. Why do American sports teams have names like Braves, Seminoles, and Indians in the first place? Is this practice racist, or at least wrong? Will it continue? This talk will explore these issues and what they tell us about Native Americans and U.S. society today and in the past.

Dr. Starn is a professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He has served as faculty advisor to Duke’s Native American Student Association and is the author of many books about native culture and politics, including the award-winning Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last “Wild” Indian (2005, W.W. Norton & Company). He has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Starn is an anthropologist, writer, and occasional journalist. Early in his career he worked for many years in Peru, and is lead editor of the popular The Peru Reader as well authoring his own book Nightwatch about Andean village organizing. Starn’s Ishi’s Brain chronicles the life and legend of the last survivor of California’s Yahi tribe. More recently, Starn has written and taught about sports and society. His latest book, The Passion of Tiger Woods, examines the superstar golfer’s place in American society and culture. Starn is also the co-editor of Indigenous Experience Today about the history and politics of indigenous rights organizing. His op-ed pieces have run in the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and other outlets, and he has appeared on NPR, ESPN and many other radio and tv programs. Starn has won Duke University’s highest undergraduate teaching award. His newest research projects focus on life in Peru and the experience of Latina housecleaners in North Carolina.

For more information, contact Lawrence T. Locklear at lawrence.locklear@uncp.edu, 910.775.4579 or visit www.uncp.edu/ais.


Glenn RobertsGlenn Roberts
October 14, 2014
5 p.m.
Oxendine Science Building, room 3256

Roberts’ presentation, titled "Repatriating Heirloom Grains in the Native Southeast," will discuss the histories of and possibilities for reintroducing heritage rice and grains to farms and tables in the Pembroke area and throughout the Southeast.

After a long career in historic restoration and hospitality design, Roberts sold everything he owned to found Anson Mills in 1998 in Charleston, South Carolina. Roberts had a goal to reintroduce ingredients of the Antebellum Southern pantry to Southeastern foodways, and he chose to grow and mill organic heirloom rice, corn and wheat for chefs in the Southeast. These ingredients are fundamental to the fabled Antebellum Rice Kitchen cuisine of Lowcountry Carolina and Georgia, a cuisine that utilizes many traditional American Indian foods.

Today Anson Mills produces artisan organic heirloom grain, legume, and oil seed ingredients for chefs and home cooks worldwide, and provides pro bono seedsmanship to the growing community of rice farmers along the Southern Atlantic Coast. The following PBS episode of "A Chef's Life" features Glenn and Anson Mills http://video.pbs.org/video/2365109698/

A founding member of the Fellowship of Farmers, Artisans and Chefs, Roberts is also president of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, recipient of the Artisan of the Year Award from

Bon Appetite magazine, the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award and the National Pathfinder Award from Chefs Collaborative.

His work with soil, seeds and cuisine is featured in Dan Barber’s Third Plate, David Sax’s The Tastemakers and Sean Brock’s Heritage.

For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay in AIS at haladayj@uncp.edu, 910.521.6485 or visit www.uncp.edu/ais.


Tanaya WinderTanaya Winder
September 11, 2014
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Native American Resource Center

Tanaya Winder is a poet, writer, artist, and educator from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. A winner of the 2010 A Room Of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando prize in poetry, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cutthroat magazine, Adobe Walls, Superstition Review,  Drunkenboat and Kweli among others. Her poems from her manuscript “Love in a Time of Blood Quantum” were produced and performed by the Poetic Theater Productions Presents Company in NYC. Tanaya has taught writing courses at Stanford University, UC-Boulder, and the University of New Mexico. She has a BA in English from Stanford University and a MFA in creative writing from UNM.  She is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World. Tanaya guest lectures and teaches creative writing workshops at high schools and universities internationally.

All members of the campus and local communities are welcome to attend this free public event, which is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, Southeast American Indian Studies Program, Native American Resource Center and the Office of Academic Affairs.

For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay in AIS at haladayj@uncp.edu or 910.521.6485.


Walter Echo-HawkDr. Walter Echo-Hawk
February 20, 2014
7 p.m.
University Center Annex

Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) is a Native American speaker, author, and attorney. Throughout his distinguished legal career, he has worked to protect the legal, political, property, cultural, and human rights of Indian tribes and Native peoples. An articulate and experienced indigenous rights activist, Echo-Hawk delivers keynote speeches and lectures on a wide variety of indigenous topics involving Native arts and cultures, indigenous history, federal Indian law, religious freedom, environmental protection, Native American cosmology, and human rights.

Please join us for an evening with Dr. Echo-Hawk as he discusses his powerful new book, In the Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America & the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which examines the proposition that Native American rights are inalienable human rights. In the Light of Justice urges Indian Country to stride toward the human rights framework created by the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ("UNDRIP"). Relying on atonement and forgiveness traditions, it asks the United States to heal wounds of the past and create a more just society by implementing the UNDRIP.

All members of the campus and local communities are welcome to attend this free public event, which is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs.

 For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay in AIS at haladayj@uncp.edu or 910.521.6485.


Brenda ChildDr. Brenda J. Child
February 12, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Building 117

Brenda J. Child is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in History at the University of Iowa and was a Katrin Lamon Fellow at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her book, Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (University of Nebraska, 1998), won the North American Indian Prose Award. Child was a consultant to the exhibit, “Remembering Our Indian School Days” at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and co-author of the book that accompanied the exhibit, Away From Home (Heard, 2000). The exhibit will travel to the National Museum of the American Indian in 2014. Child’s newest book is Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community (Viking/Penguin, 2012). She is a board member of the Minnesota Historical Society and will join the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in 2013. At the University of Minnesota, she was a recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service and served as Chair of the Department of American Indian Studies (2009-12). She is also part of a research group that developed a new digital humanities project, the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, which launched as a website in 2012. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota where she is a citizen. She resides with her family in Saint Paul and Bemidji, Minnesota.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, Native American Resource Center, and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Child's books will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs at mary.jacobs@uncp.edu.


Dr. Kahente Horn-MillerDr. Kahente Horn-Miller
March 19, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Native American Resource Center

Kahente Horn-Miller holds a PhD in the Humanities from Concordia University (2009). She is currently the Coordinator for the Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission which oversees the Community Decision Making Process, the process used by the Kahnawà:ke community to make its laws. Along with her community work, she continues to write and speak on issues relevant to Indigenous peoples in the areas of membership, citizenship, adoption, women’s issues, consensus-based decision making, governance, colonization, the Mohawk Warrior Flag, Sky Woman, and Indigenous womanism. She also teaches part-time both at Concordia University and McGill University. She is the author of journal articles and book chapters on these same topics. As a mother to four daughters and a member of the Bear Clan, she is active in the traditional community of Kahnawà:ke.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, Native American Resource Center, Office of Academic Affairs, Department of History, and the Teaching and Learning Center. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Rose Stremlau at rose.stremlau@uncp.edu or Dr. Jane Haladay at haladayj@uncp.edu.


Dr. Edward ValandraDr. Edward C. Valandra
April 18, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Berea Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Dr. Valandra, who is Sicangu Titunwan, was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from SUNY-Buffalo and has taught at both Native and non-Native colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has served as Chair of Native Studies at the University of South Dakota, where he created the current program’s curriculum. Please join Dr. Valandra, members of the UNCP Native American Student Movement, and UNCP American Indian Studies faculty for a casual, open, respectful, and honest conversation on the state of American Indian/Native American/Native Studies programs today, 44 years after the first program began in the United States. How have these programs served Native communities and students, and what work still needs to be done?

All members of the campus and local communities are welcome to attend this free public event, which is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs. This event will include a potluck supper: please bring a dish to share with at least four people if possible. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay in AIS at haladayj@uncp.edu (910-521-6485), or Native American Student Movement members LeAnn Strickland lrs010@bravemail.uncp.edu, Josh Lane jrl024@bravemail.uncp.edu, and Layla Locklear lrl009@bravemail.uncp.edu.


Winona LaDukeWinona LaDuke
September 19, 2013
7:00 p.m.
The Regional Center at COMtech

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is a graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities. LaDuke is a founder of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice. LaDuke is the author of a number of non-fiction titles including All Our Relations, The Winona LaDuke Reader, Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming, Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People and her latest, The Militarization of Indian Country. She has also penned a work of fiction, Last Standing Woman, and a children's book, In the Sugarbush. LaDuke served as Ralph Nader's vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. Outspoken, engaging, and unflaggingly dedicated to matters of ecological sustainability, Winona LaDuke is a powerful speaker who inspires her audiences to action and engagement.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, American Indian Women of Proud Nations Organization, and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Ms. LaDuke's books will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs at mary.jacobs@uncp.edu.


Jim NorthrupJim Northrup, Chibenesi indigoo Ojibwemong
February 21, 2012
7:00 p.m.
University Center Annex

Jim Northrup is an Anishinaabe author, performer, and satirist from the Fond du Lac Indian reservation in Minnesota. His syndicated column, the Fond du Lac Follies, won the award for the best column by the Native American Journalists Association in 1999. He also has won awards for his autobiographies, which use humor to discuss and heal the darker sides of life, including surviving abuse at a government boarding school and PTSD from his service in the Marines during the Vietnam War. Mr. Northrup will read from his most recent book, Anishinaabe Syndicated, A View From The Rez, released in 2011, and talk about his current project, a work of fiction entitled Dirty Copper.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, Office of Academic Affairs, Department of History, Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, Office for Community & Civic Engagement, and the Teaching and Learning Center. It is free and open to the public. Mr. Northrup's books will be available for purchase and for him to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Rose Stremlau at rose.stremlau@uncp.edu.


Evelina Zuni LuceroEvelina Zuni Lucero
April 28, 2011
6:30 p.m.
Multicultural Center Room 129

Evelina Zuni Lucero, Isleta/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, is the chair of the creative writing department at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is author of Night Star, Morning Star, which won the 1999 First Book Award for Fiction from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. She co-edited Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance (University of New Mexico Press, May 2009), a collection of interviews, creative pieces and critical essays focusing on the life and work of poet Simon J. Ortiz.

Ms. Lucero’s fiction has been published in various journals including the White Shell Water Place, Kenyon Review, Studies in American Indian Literatures, Oregon Literary Review, and others. Lucero has done writing residencies at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM, and Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change program at Widhbey Island in Washington. She was a Civitella Ranieri Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri International Artist Center in Umbertide, Italy, in 2004. Lucero’s novel-in-progress, whose working title is Silicon Coyote, is the story of a Pueblo journalist/fiction writer in pursuit of his Story. The theme is the intersection of history, myth and the imagination. Ms. Lucero will be discussing her novel and reading from Silicon Coyote.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Ms. Lucero's books will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at haladayj@uncp.edu.


Jack GladstoneJack Gladstone
January 20, 2010
7:00 p.m.
University Center Annex Assembly    Room

Jack Gladstone is a Native "PoetSinger" and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs nationally on American Indian mythology and history. In a career spanning two decades, Jack has produced fifteen critically acclaimed CD's. In 1985, Jack co-founded "Native America Speaks", an award-winning lecture series for Glacier National Park.

A former college instructor, Jack has been featured on both the Travel Channel and in USA Today magazine. Honored as a modern day warrior and bridge builder, he holds a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University. Since 1997, Jack Gladstone has collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Grammy winning producer of the Dixie Chicks. He was also a key tribal voice providing alternate perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the recent bicentennial commemoration. In 2004, Jack narrated the Telly award winning Lewis and Clark film Confluence of Time and Courage.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Jay Vest at jay.vest@uncp.edu.


MariJo MooreMariJo Moore
January 28, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Livermore Library

MariJo Moore, of Cherokee, Irish and Dutch ancestry, is an author/artist/poet/essayist/
lecturer/editor/anthologist/publisher and creative writing workshop facilitator. She attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Lancashire Polytechnic in Preston, England, where she received a BA in Literature. She has published extensively in a variety of genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction essays, and she has edited several collections. Her published works include: Crow Quotes; Confessions of a Madwoman (also on CD); a novel, The Diamond Doorknob (rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING); Feeding the Ancient Fires: A Collection of Writings by North Carolina American Indians; The Ice Man, The First Fire, The Cherokee Little People, (children's books); Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust; and Birthed From Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War.

Recently, Ms. Moore was nominated as North Carolina Poet Laureate. Ms. Moore was chosen as Minority Business Person in Services for the Year, Western NC, in 2007, was selected as Wordcrafter of the Year in 2003-2004 and 2005-06 by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. The June/July issue of Native Peoples/Indian Artists magazine honored Ms. Moore as one of the top five American Indian writers of the new century in 2000. In addition, Ms. Moore has served on the New York State Council on the Arts Literature panel, the North Carolina Humanities Council, National Caucus of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, the board of the North Carolina Writers' Network, and the Speakers' Bureau for the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Ms. Moore resides in the mountains of western North Carolina, where she writes editorials on Indigenous issues for various publications, and was a past Poetry Editor for Rapid River Arts and Literature Journal, an Asheville based publication. Her commentaries on Native issues have aired on NPR and WBAI 99.5, First Voices /Indigenous Radio in NYC. She is founder of rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING, which was chosen as Publisher of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in 2001. Currently, she is working on an anthology of Indigenous authors dedicated to Vine Deloria Jr, which is entitled Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe, and a new book of short stories, titled The Boy With Tree Growing From His Ear and Other Stories.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Ms. Moore’s books will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at haladayj@uncp.edu.


Joy HarjoJoy Harjo
February 18, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Moore Hall Auditorium

Joy Harjo, the incomparable “poet of music”, songwriter, sax and flute player, singer, playwright, performer and award-winning author has been performing since she left the Mvskoke Creek Tribal Nation in the late Sixties to attend high school at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she became a member of one of the country’s first indigenous drama and dance troupes. She began writing poetry at the University of New Mexico, inspired by the call for indigenous rights in the western hemisphere, and graduated with an MFA from the famed Iowa Writers Workshop. She has received over twenty literary awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, and the William Carlos Society of America. Her seven books of poetry include
Photo: Paul Abdoo

She Had Some Horses, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and How We Became Human, New and Selected Poems. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ms. Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation.

Ms. Harjo has also released four award-winning CD’s of original music and performances: Letter from the End of the Twentieth Century, Native Joy for Real, and She Had Some Horses. A song from her new CD, Winding Through the Milky Way, recently won a New Mexico Music Award. She has received the Eagle Spirit Achievement Award for overall contributions in the arts, from the American Indian Film Festival and a US Artists Fellowship for 2009. She performs internationally solo and with her band Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band (for which she sings and plays saxophone and flutes).

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Ms. Harjo’s books and CDs will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at haladayj@uncp.edu.


Philip H. Red EaglePhilip H. Red Eagle
March 25, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Livermore Library

Philip H. Red Eagle is of Salish and Dakota ancestry and was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He is a published writer, canoe carver, publisher, editor, arts critic, educator, storyteller, museum curator, art gallery curator and cultural activist.

Mr. Red Eagle is one of the founders of the “Canoe Movement,” which has grown from a few canoes and fifty people in the early 1990s to over 100 canoes and over 6,000 people, annually. The success of this movement, which has come to be called Tribal Journeys, is evident not just in its rapid growth, but also in its effectiveness as a method of cultural renewal among the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Red Eagle has performed the canoe journey’s Copper Ring Ceremony since 1995 and makes each ring by hand. The current count is 4,500 rings given in this contract ceremony, which calls for no alcohol, no drugs, no violence and no sex during the journey. The ceremony has proven to be one of the successful elements of teaching the Canoe Way of Knowledge. The ceremony inspires both the young and old to make changes in their lives and to commit to year-round sobriety and nonviolence.

The second edition of Mr. Red Eagle’s novel, Red Earth: A Vietnam Warrior’s Journey, was published in 2007. Red Earth is written in an American style of writing called Mythical Realism. The book contains two novellas dealing primarily with the Vietnam War, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) and the difficulties of coming home from war. Mr. Red Eagle served in the Navy from 1967 to 1976, where he attained the rank of Petty Officer First Class as a Machinists Mate (E-6). He served onboard two destroyers on two separate West-Pac deployments to Vietnam. His service included eighteen months In-Country Vietnam up the Nha Be River as a riverboat mechanic (1970-71).

Mr. Red Eagle has two bachelor degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle: a BFA in Metal Design from the School of Art (1983) and a BA in Editorial Journalism from the School of Journalism (1987).

Mr. Red Eagle’s presentation is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Mr. Red Eagle’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at haladayj@uncp.edu.

Please join us for a screening of "Canoe Way: the Sacred Journey" with a discussion afterward with Philip Red Eagle (Dakota/Salish), founding member of the Northwest Canoe Movement. Monday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. in the Native American Resource Center.

A description of the film from its website (http://canoeway.org/) explains that: "'Canoe Way: The Sacred Journey' documents the annual Tribal Journeys of Pacific Northwest Coast Salish people. Indigenous tribes and First Nations from Oregon, Washington, Canada, and Alaska follow their ancestral pathways through the waters of Puget Sound, Inside Passage and the Northwest Coast. Families and youth reconnect with the past and each other. Ancient songs, dances, regalia, ceremonies, and language were almost lost and are coming back. Witness first hand, through the words and images of a proud people, as they share the story of the resurgence of the cedar canoe societies – and how it has opened a spiritual path of healing through tradition."

This event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, at haladayj@uncp.edu or (910) 521-6485.


Dr. Malinda Maynor LoweryDr. Malinda Maynor Lowery
April 13, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Chancellor's Residence   

Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Formerly an assistant professor of history at Harvard, Lowery is a native of North Carolina and member of the Lumbee tribe. She earned a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and produced three films that explore Native American cultural identity. The last of these films was an award-winning, full-length feature about Native American sacred sites and religious freedom, In the Light of Reverence, which premiered on PBS. In 2005, she completed her Ph.D. in American History at UNC -Chapel Hill. She’s the author of the upcoming Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation, which will be released by UNC Press in March 2010. The book deals with the internal Lumbee tribal politics and its relationship with the federal government. Along with her research, Lowery is also active in the preservation of her tribe’s heritage through the creation of an archive of Lumbee history and the staging of the outdoor drama Strike at the Wind. The daughter of Dr. Waltz and Dr. Louise C. Maynor , Malinda is the granddaughter of Foy and Bloss Cummings of the Saint Annah community and Wayne and Lucy Maynor of the Red Banks community.

This event is sponsored by the Departments of History and American Indian Studies. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Lowery’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Rose Stremlau at rose.stremlau@uncp.edu.


Dr. Molly McGlennenDr. Molly McGlennen
June 7, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Native American Resource Center

Molly McGlennen was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is of Anishinaabe and European descent. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English and Native American Studies at Vassar College. Holding a Ph.D. in Native American Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing, and being a poet, scholar, a new mom, and new to the East Coast, Dr. McGlennen views her poetry as a means to cross several overlapping borders in her life. Her poetry collection, Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits, is forthcoming from Salt’s Earthworks series. In this collection, she contextualizes her poems a way to preserve and translate those recipes that make up our lives, those stories that we hear in bits and pieces and never stop telling: poems, like home-cooking, continue to nourish us.

Dr. McGlennen’s scholarship and poetry have been published in journals and anthologies including Stories Through Theories/Theories Through Stories: North American Indian Writing, Storytelling, and Critique; The Salt Companion to Diane Glancy; Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing; Birthed From Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War; Studies in American Indian Literatures; Shenandoah; Atlantis; Sentence; Frontiers; and To Topos Poetry International.

This event is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. Books with Dr. McGlennen’s poetry and essays will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event. For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at haladayj@uncp.edu.


Jesse OxendineJesse Oxendine
November 11, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Native American Resource Center

Mr. Jesse Oxendine, a Lumbee from Robeson County who now lives in Charlotte, will speak about his experience as a member of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division during WWII. Mr. Oxendine experienced combat in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany, and he participated in the liberation of Wobbelin concentration camp. After the war, Oxendine used his GI Bill to become the first Native American pharmacist in North Carolina. These days, you'll find him cheering on UNCP football. Mr. Oxendine will show a short film about his experience at Wobbelin, and then he'll discuss with the audience. The Native American Resource Center is hosting the event and the Departments of History and American Indian Studies are co-sponsoring.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rose Stremlau at stremlau@uncp.edu.


Dr. Patty LoewDr. Patty Loew
November 17, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Native American Resource Center

Patty Loew, a journalist, film maker, and professor, will visit UNCP on November 17th. The Departments of American Indian Studies and History and the Native American Resource Center are sponsoring a showing of Loew's new documentary Way of the Warrior, which explores the history of Native American service in the American military. The film begins at 7 pm, and Dr. Loew will answer questions after the viewing. The event will take place in the Native American Resource Center, which is the first floor of Old Main. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Loew teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, hosts a weekly news and public affairs program that airs on Wisconsin Public Television, and has produced several documentaries and written dozens of articles on Native issues.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rose Stremlau at stremlau@uncp.edu.

Native American Speakers Series

The 1491s

The 1491s
March 19, 2015
7 p.m.
Givens Performing Arts Center

The 1491s, an American Indian comedy group, will perform at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke on March 19, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center as part of the Native American Speakers Series. The event is free and open to the public.

The 1491s are a collective of American Indian writers, filmmakers, visual and traditional artists, and advocates of Native language, culture and community. Founded in 2009, the group has a distinctly indigenous brand of satire.

Through comedy, the 1491s work to dismantle stereotypes of Native people and to represent the complexities of contemporary Native identity and experience. IndianCountryToday.com (ICT) described the 1491s as “some of the funniest people in Indian country; they hold a mirror up to the culture and critique it with a pointed stick.” Viewers of their videos, according to ICT, “can see once taboo subject matters brought to a head and then lanced like a boil that’s needed to be popped for the last [523] years.” Their videos “range from biting cultural satire and serious political statements to just plain goofiness.”

In their own words, “the 1491s are a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting on the royalties. They were at Custer’s Last Stand. They mooned Chris Columbus when he landed. They invented bubble gum. the 1491s teach young women to be strong. And teach young men how to seduce these strong women.”

Capitalizing on the use of social media to disseminate their content worldwide, the 1491s have built a Facebook fan base of over 22,000 and their YouTube channel boasts nearly three million views.

View samples of their videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/the1491s.

For more information, contact Dr. Jane Haladay at 910.521.6485 or haladayj@uncp.edu or Lawrence T. Locklear at 910.775.4579 or lawrence.locklear@uncp.edu. Please also visit http://www.uncp.edu/ais.


Past Speakers

Dr. Walter Echo-Hawk
Dr. Walter Echo-Hawk

News & Events

Campus Resources

Native American Resource Center (web site)

Located on the first floor of Old Main, the NARC offers a rich collection of authentic American Indian artifacts, handicrafts, art, books, cassettes, record albums, and filmstrips about the Native Americans, with emphasis on the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County. An exciting variety of exhibits is on display, including prehistoric tools and weapons, 19th century Lumbee household and farm equipment, and contemporary Indian art. Indian cultures from all sections of the United States, Canada, Central America, and South America are represented by characteristic artifacts.

Student Organizations

  • Alpha Pi Omega (American Indian Sorority)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Native American Student Organization (NASO)
  • Phi Sigma Nu (American Indian Fraternity)
  • Sigma Omicron Epsilon (American Indian Sorority)

Publicatons & Presentations


November 3, 2012: Dr. Rose Stremlau’s book, Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation, was awarded the Willie Lee Rose Book Prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians. This is for the best book on any topic in Southern history written by a woman and published during the previous calendar year. The award is named after Willie Lee Rose, a path-breaking female historian and professor at Johns Hopkins University who wrote about race and slavery in the South. The award was presented by Dr. Janann Sherman, professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Memphis.

Sustaining the Cherokee Family also was given an honorable mention by the committee deciding the Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, an award given each year by the American Society for Ethnohistory for the best book-length monograph published the previous year. The book also was a finalist (one of six) for the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, which is given each year by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to the best book on a topic related to the region published during the previous year.

September 2, 2011: Assistant Professor Dr. Rose Stremlau publishes first book - “Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and Allotment of an Indigenous Nation." Dr. Stremlau’s book examines the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and its response to the government policy of “allotment.” The allotment program was the means by which the federal government divided Cherokee land among individual stakeholders, but for Dr. Stremlau it became a lens through which to view kinship and culture of the tribe throughout its history. View Press Release (from University Newswire).

May 19-21, 2011: Assistant Professor Dr. Jane Haladay organized and presented at the roundtable session, “Honoring the Vision of Jack D. Forbes: Assessing the Value of a Ph.D. in Native American Studies,” during the third annual meeting of The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). The conference took place on May 19-21 in Sacramento, Calif., and was hosted by the University of California at Davis’s Department of Native American Studies.

May 19-21, 2011: Chair and Assistant Professor Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs presented "Camp Days or Daze: Decolonization the Hard Way" during the third annual meeting of The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). The conference took place on May 19-21 in Sacramento, Calif., and was hosted by the University of California at Davis’s Department of Native American Studies.

May 15, 2011: Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, Dr. Jane Haladay, Lawrence T. Locklear (University & Community Relations) and American Indian Studies’ alumni Anastasia Chavis ‘10 and Mardella Sunshine Costanzo ‘10 presented at the 36th annual North Carolina Indian Unity Conference held March 10-12 in Raleigh, N.C. Titled “‘Everything is Ceremony:’ Expanding Cultural Horizons through International University Collaboration,” the panel provided a brief overview of the institutional and administrative activities that led to an exchange program between UNCP and the University College of the North (UCN) in The Pas, Manitoba, Canada. The panel also focused on the transformative educational moments experienced by UNCP students and faculty at the six-day Moose Lake Cree culture camp in May 2010. Along with several hundred Cree and other Aboriginal people from across Canada, the panelists practiced a form of place-based, communally organized and culturally significant education that is the heart of traditional Indigenous education. The camp was the inaugural student event of an international exchange program established the previous fall (2009) between the American Indian Studies Department at UNCP and the Aboriginal and Northern Studies program at UCN.

April 15, 2011: Dr. Jesse Peters (English/AIS/Honors College) recently published a creative nonfiction piece in the current issue of BMW Motorcycle Owners News. The essay, entitled “Riding as Art,” examines the relationship between riding a motorcycle and exploring creativity. Dr. Peters has been riding BMW motorcycles for 10 years and often finds personal and professional inspiration while riding. “Riding a motorcycle connects one with the world in a particular way, and it provides me with a contemplative space that pushes creativity,” he says. “It's also a lot of fun.” The Owners News has a circulation of over 37,000 readers, and Peters has been asked to become a regular contributor. His first piece was published in the March issue of the magazine.

March 15, 2011: Dr. Jay H.C. Vest contributed a chapter titled “Dismantling Pedagogy: Representing Oralcy and Tradition in Native American Literature,” to the book “Exploring Fourth World Literatures: Tribals, Adivasis, Dalits,” edited by Raja Sekhar Patteti (New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2011, pages 34-51). According to Dr. Vest’s abstract: The chapter considers an oral-based paradigm common to Native American oral traditions and the residual orality found within much contemporary American Indian Literature. In so doing, the notion of oralcy is explored and defined as it contributes to what may be called the primal foundations to American Indian literature as derived from an original oral paradigm.

March 15, 2011: At the 4th Annual African-American Read-In at R.B Dean Elementary School in Maxton were Dr. Cherry Beasley (Nursing) and Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs. They obtained a grant from Unilever to provide students with health-conscious coloring books and nutritious snacks from the Pembroke McDonald’s restaurant. The grant emphasized the importance of health and good eating.

March 15, 2011: On March 17, Dr. Jane Haladay and Dr. Jesse Peters (Honors College/American Indian Studies) will present at the 12th annual Native American Literature Symposium to be held at Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, N.M. Their panel, “Crow and the Cultural Commons: Affiliation and Adjacent Possibility in Anishinaabe Literature,” will be the opening plenary session.

February 15, 2011: The wilderness has long been the subject of popular imagination, and a new book by American Indian Studies scholar Dr. Jay H.C. Vest reexamines this fascination. “Will-of-the-Land: A Philosophy of Wilderness Praxis and Environmental Ethics” (VDM Verlag, Dr. Muller; 2010; 342 pages) tracks Western civilization’s perception of “wilderness” from the Book of Genesis to the modern environmental movement. Wilderness is a particularly important American phenomenon. Because the land once belonged to Native Americans, Dr. Vest - who is a member of the Monacan Indian Nation and an adopted member of the Pikuni-Blackfeet Tribe - wraps the evolving concept of wilderness in a Native spiritual and philosophical context. The book reflects Dr. Vest’s lifelong relationship with the wilderness as an American Indian, a former employee of the US Forest Service and the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and a scholar.

Students and Alumni

June 3-6, 2012: A delegation of students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in the annual meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) in early June in Uncasville, Conn. NAISA is an international, interdisciplinary professional organization for those who work in various scholarly fields related to Indigenous nations and people throughout the world. Several Lumbee scholars presented papers in what was the first panel devoted to Lumbee history and culture at a national conference. The panel, organized by historian Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was titled"How to Subvert the Feds: A Swamp's Eye View of Indian Sovereignty."

Tasha Oxendine (GPAC), a UNCP graduate, presented a paper titled "Traditional Healing Practices among the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina" and showed a short film about traditional Lumbee healers, particularly fire blowers.

Jessica Clark, UNCP alumnae, gave a presentation titled "Southeastern Native Peoples Living in a Postmodern World," and shared her paintings and photographs of her family and the Lumbee homeland in her talk about using art to challenge stereotypes of her people.

Lawrence T. Locklear (University Communications & Marketing), a graduate and current student, in his paper “The Swamp Level-Sovereignty Paradigm: Reconceptualizing Oral Histories, Traditions and Cultural Practices as the Foundation for Swamp Level Expressions of Sovereignty,” discussed political and cultural expressions of sovereignty among the Lumbee people, defining sovereignty from the “swamp level.”

Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs (American Indian Studies) chaired the panel. Jacobs, Dr. Rose Stremlau (History/American Indian Studies) and Dr. Clyde Ellis of Elon University worked with Oxendine, Clark and Locklear in advance. Their work was well-received and praised by audience members. This may have been the first but it will not be the last panel on Lumbees at NAISA. In addition, other members of the UNCP community participated in a second panel. This one focused on the university’s collaborative relationship with University College of the North (UCN). Dr. Stremlau organized this panel, which included students, faculty, and staff from both schools who have been involved in this exchange. Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Jaime Mishibinijima (UCN) introduced the two universities and their unique history; UCN is an aboriginal-serving university in northern Manitoba.

Two students from UCN and two from UNCP discussed their role and experiences. Effie Locklear (Political Science) and Sherlene Chavis (Mathematics & Computer Science), a UNCP graduate, talked about the first joint class offered by UNCP and UCN, which was an upper-level course on the Canadian Indian residential and U.S. Indian boarding school experience. Locklear and Chavis took the course during the spring 2011 semester, and it is scheduled to be offered again during spring 2013. Doris Young, a Cree elder who advises UCN and the joint program, provided concluding remarks. Dr. Jacobs also chaired this panel.

June 15, 2011: Dr. Charles Harrington (Business) and Billie Hunt (Education) presented their paper, “American Indian Student Engagement in Higher Education,” at the 2011 Native American Student Advocacy Institute: The College Board at the University of Oklahoma, May 22-24. Hunt also presented a paper, “Native Culture Defines the Experiences of American Indian College Students,” at the same conference.

April 15, 2011: Lawrence T. Locklear (University & Community Relations) won first place in the short story category in the writing contest held during the N.C. Indian Unity Conference, held March 10-12 in Raleigh, N.C. His work is titled “Stitched with Stories.”

January 15, 2011: On November 29, Sherlene Chavis '11 was host of
WNCP-TV’s Distinguished Speaker Series program. The program is cablecast locally on Time Warner’s community access channel. An American Indian Studies major, Chavis was selected by the department to interview actor Adam Beach. The American Indian actor spent the day at UNCP, speaking in GPAC, meeting with students and doing the 30-minute television interview.

October 21, 2010: Native South published article by student Lawrence T. Locklear. “Down by the Ole Lumbee” was published in Native South (Vol. 3; 2010; pages. 103-117; University of Nebraska Press). In “Down by the Ole Lumbee: An Investigation into the Origin and Use of the Word Lumbee Prior to 1952,” Locklear used a variety sources to learn how a river’s name and a tribe’s name crossed paths. Should the river, known as the Lumber since 1809, be returned to its original name? The author believes so. The paper was originally presented at the Southeastern Indian Studies Conference in 2009. It may be viewed online at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/native_south/summary/v003/3.locklear.html.

Faculty & Staff

Mary Ann JacobsDr. Mary Ann Jacobs

Chair and Associate Professor
Email: mary.jacobs@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.775.4262
Office: Old Main, Room 251
Office Hours: 10–12 WF and 5–6 T; and by appointment 


Alesia CummingsAlesia J. Cummings

Administrative Support Associate and Web Information Coordinator 
Email: alesia.cummings@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6266
Office: Old Main, Room 207


Jane HaladayDr. Jane HaladaySafe ZoneSafe Zone

Associate Professor 
Email: haladayj@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6485
Office: Old Main, Room 203
Office Hours: Tuesdays beginning at 2:00 p.m. & Thursdays beginning at 3:00 p.m. by appointment; other days by appointment; any time via email 

 Stan KnickDr. Stanley Knick

Native American Resource Center
Email: stan.knick@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6282
Office: Native American Resource Center
                        Office Hours: M-F 8:00-5:00 by appointment


Linda OxendineDr. Linda E. Oxendine

Professor Emeritus
Email: linda.oxendine@uncp.edu
Office Hours: by appointment


Jesse PetersDr. Jesse Peters

Professor, English and TheatreSafe Zone
Email: jesse.peters@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6635
Office: Dial 260A
Office Hours: MW 8:00-9:00 (online); TR 10:00-11:00; 3:30-5:00 and by appointment
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/home/peters/


Michael SpiveyDr. Michael Spivey

Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Email: michael.spivey@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6776
Office: Sampson, Room 210
Office Hours: T & Th: 12:30-1:30: W: 12:30-3:30 and by appointment


Rose StremlauDr. Rose Stremlau Safe Zone

Associate Professor, History
Email: stremlau@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6317
Office: Dial Building, Room 208
Office Hours: Walk-in TR 11:00-12:00. Appointments for in-person or Skype meetings available MW afternoons and TR mornings


Jay VestDr. Jay Hansford C. Vest

Email: jay.vest@uncp.edu
Phone: 910.521.6895
Office: Old Main, Room 225
Web Site: www.uncp.edu/home/vestj/
                        Office Hours: MW 1:30-4:00 PM and by appointment


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