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New Lumbee Government Election To Get No Help From County

PEMBROKE, NC -- The Robeson County Board of Elections has said no to a request from the Lumbee Self-Determination Commission to help with the Nov. 7 new Lumbee tribal government election.

The commission has indicated it would like to privately hire elections Supervisor Pearlean Revels to help train people to work the polls, but Revels says she is too preoccupied with preparing for the regular Nov. 7 election.

The commission has yet to establish where people will vote and how the votes will be tabulated, according to Jim Lowry, commission chairman. Lowry said he expects poll workers to be trained and polling sites selected by the middle of October.

The commission was apparently counting on county election officials to help train poll workers, establish poll sites and provide the group with an electronic tabulation of the ballots.

The three-member county elections board voted unanimously last week against providing any assistance to the Self-Determination Commission.

Revels has told area reporters the commission has made no formal offer to hire her privately.

R.D. Locklear, commission executive director, said the Lumbee governmental election will need 120 poll workers and will announce, as soon as possible, where tribal members will vote during the election.

Members of the commission's Election Committee said they expect a total of nearly 44 polling sites will be needed in Robeson and Hoke counties, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Charlotte and Baltimore, MD.

Meanwhile, a music teacher, a mayor, and a federal employee have filed for positions in the new Lumbee government, among others.

Mr. Jamie K. Oxendine filed through the mail for candidacy as a representative in the new Lumbee tribal government.

Oxendine filed for District 18, which consists of all states west of the Mississippi River, Ohio River and all foreign counties.

Oxendine lives in Toledo, Ohio where he is a music teacher for the Toledo public schools. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pembroke State University and a master of music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Milton R. Hunt, the mayor of Pembroke for the past 17 years, and Roderick G. Locklear of Columbia, MD also have filed for a seat in the new government.

Hunt, who lives in Pembroke, filed for tribal chair.

Hunt has served 25 years on the Pembroke Town Council, including the last 17 as mayor. He is in his second term as Robeson County Democratic chairman.

Hunt is self-employed in the drywall construction business.

Locklear filed for District 17, which consists of all states east of the Mississippi River except North Carolina and South Carolina. The district covers 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Locklear serves on the Lumbee Self-Determination Commission and is chairman of the commission's Tribal Referendum and Election Committee.

He is a charter member and past chairman of the Lumbee Regional Development Association and the Lumbee delegate to the National Congress of American Indians.

He is a manager in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Candidates may file for 23 seats available in the new Lumbee tribal government. The 23 elected officals will represent the Lumbee people in 18 govenmental districts.

Local candidates can file at the Lumbee Self-Determination Commission office at 707 Union Chapel Road in Pembroke or through the mail. The mailing address is P.O. Box 2709 Pembroke, N.C. 28372. The office phone number is 910-521-7861. Filing deadline for the election is 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

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