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Film screening, panel discussion to focus on history and resiliency of North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe

The UNC School of Social Work’s Diversity Committee and Leadership Series are partnering with UNC’s American Indian Center to offer a two-part event this month focusing on a community engagement with Native communities.

Part one includes a screening of “Voices of the Lumbee” on Monday, Nov. 23, at 12:15 p.m. in room 532 at the School of Social Work, with filmmakers Michele Fazio and Jason Hutchens. It is a documentary that raises awareness about the ongoing struggles of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina in the wake of decades of economic downturn in the coastal plains region. The narrative thread weaves through historical and cultural aspects of the Lumbee Tribe that have led to modern-day socioeconomic challenges faced by Robeson County, North Carolina; the home of the Lumbee. Despite decades of economic and political struggles, the Lumbee continue to uphold a strong sense of pride and devotion for their culture. Told through their voices, this is their story.

Part two will include a panel discussion with community elders and students who worked together to collect the stories that ultimately led to the documentary. Lessons learned from this initiative and suggestions for working with Native communities will be discussed. “A Discussion on Healing through Community Engagement with Tribal Nations,” will be led by Dr. Michele Fazio, Elders of the Lumbee Tribe, and UNCP students, on Monday, Nov. 30, 12-2 p.m. in room 532.