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ERIC Number: EJ857809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Telling Our Own Stories: Lumbee History and the Federal Acknowledgment Process
Lowery, Malinda Maynor
American Indian Quarterly, v33 n4 p499-522 Fall 2009
The author was born in Robeson County, North Carolina, a place that Lumbees refer to as "the Holy Land," "God's Country," or, mostly, "home," regardless of where they actually reside. Her parents raised her two hours away in the city of Durham, making her an "urban Indian". She has a Lumbee family; both of her parents are Lumbees, and all of her relatives are Lumbees--she is just a Lum, she is Indian. She was drawn to researching and writing about her People's history in part because the opportunity to tell their own story was too rare for her to pass up. When she began researching her dissertation on Lumbee identity during segregation, which she is now revising into a book, she knew that the Lumbee community was proudly and stubbornly decentralized--within the larger community are many smaller communities formed around families, special places, and economic and religious interests. She discovered that while the group's existing decentralization contributed to the formation of political and economic factions, non-Indians routinely exacerbated those disputes by promoting varied standards and criteria for being Indian. Race, as a category of knowledge more than as a biological reality, has influenced Native American identity formation and political factionalism. In this article, the author talks about the Lumbee history and the federal acknowledgment process. (Contains 29 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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