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Lumbee Scholar Traces Tribe’s Long Fight For Self-Determination

UNC Press

Historian Malinda Maynor Lowery grew up hearing two distinct histories. One was American history taught in the classroom, and the other was the history of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, taught around the dinner table. 

In reflecting on those disparate lessons, she realized Lumbees and non-Lumbee Americans tell the same fundamental story: their respective histories are centered on the fight for independence and for self-determination.

In her new book “The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle” (UNC Press/ 2018), Lowery combines memories of her own Lumbee ancestors with stories about key periods in Lumbee history.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Lowery, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the director of theCenter for the Study of the American South, about teaching history to her daughter and the Lumbee tribe’s continued fight for federal recognition. 

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Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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