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Lumbee History, Land and the Environment

November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

The Latino Migration Project will host author Malinda Maynor Lowery and professor Ryan Emanuel for Indigenous People’s History Month to discuss the anthropocene’s effects on Lumbee land and people. We’ll be celebrating the release of Malinda Lowery’s most recent book The Lumbee Indians: An American StruggleJoin us for a conversation grounded in deep social, historical, and environmental researchfrom Standing Rock to Bayou Bridge to Lumberton, NC.

About The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle Jamestown, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, and Plymouth Rock are central to America’s mythic origin stories. Then, we are told, the main charactersthe “friendly” Native Americans who met the settlersdisappeared. But the history of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina demands that we tell a different   story. As the largest tribe east of the Mississippi and one of the largest in the country, the Lumbees have survived in their original homelands, maintaining a distinct identity as Indians in a biracial South.

In this passionately written, sweeping work of history, Malinda Maynor Lowery narrates the Lumbees’ extraordinary story as never before. The Lumbees’ journey as a people sheds new light on America’s defining moments, from the first encounters with Europeans to the present day. How and why did the Lumbees both fight to establish the United States and resist the encroachments of its government? How have they not just survived, but thrived, through Civil War, Jim Crow, the civil rights movement, and the war on drugs, to ultimately establish their own constitutional government in the twenty-first century? Their fight for full federal acknowledgment continues to this day, while the Lumbee people’s struggle for justice and self-determination continues to transform our view of the American experience. Readers of this book will never see Native American history the same way.

Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee) is associate professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South.

Ryan Emanuel is an associate professor at NC State University. He studies ecohydrology in both natural and human-modified ecosystems and works on environmental issues that have disproportionate impacts on American Indian communities. He develops modeling approaches to understand plant water use in the northern Rocky Mountains, runoff generation in the southern Appalachian Mountains, salinization of coastal environments of North Carolina and climate change impacts on waters of cultural significance to the Lumbee Tribe. Other interests include the geospatial dynamics of processes such as the spread of mountain pine beetle and the distribution of soil microbes involved in methane cycling.

Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


November 14, 2018
7:00 pm