August 21, 2013
To the Editor,
Why doesn’t the Tribal Council just toss the constitution in the trash can?
Just when you think the council can’t get any worse, it does. I am talking about the article in The Robesonian on July 19 titled “Tribe tries override again.” The article states that the council voted again to override Chairman Paul Brooks’ veto of the tribe’s budget for the fiscal year that ends in two more months. The vote was 16 to 5. I have questions.
— How in the world can three council members vote by phone when the Lumbee constitutional requirement of two-thirds vote of council members present is needed to override a veto? Who took the phone calls, Pearlean Revels? Yeah. Right.
— Back on May 16 a vote was taken to override the chairman’s veto and the vote was 13 to 7 and again steps in Pearlean Revels who declared the override successful. Maybe someone should tell Ms. Revels that two-thirds of 21 is 14.
The council is making themselves and the Lumbee people a laughing stock of Robeson County. They need to grow up and stop acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.
The council already lost a $1 million education grant that was used for the American Indian high school students. But that’s OK, it was for Cumberland County schools, not any schools in Pembroke.
I don’t have anything against Pembroke, but I’m sure that all the other districts would like to have a 9,000-square-foot gymnasium and a computer lab and a room with pool tables. Heck, I don’t think our whole building is 9,000 square feet.
Richard Terry Locklear