Lumbee News & Events
Chairman Paul Brooks Inauguration
On Monday, December 17, 2012, Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks reaffirmed his commitment to tribal elders, youth, veterans, and economic development through job creation during his inaugural speech in front of several hundred supporters at the Southeastern Agricultural Center/Farmers Market.
"I am not worthy of this honor," a humbled Brooks said. "I don't know how to thank you enough for this privilege. There are no differences in this room. There is nothing we can't do because God is on our side. We can all move forward together because God will be doing the leading."
Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Locklear issued the oath of office. Chief Justice Locklear is also a retired Superior Court judge. Dr. Martin Brooks participated in the ceremony pinning his brother, on behalf of the Brooks family, during the pinning ceremony. Brooks was first elected in 2011 and served the remainder of former Chairman Purnell Swett’s term.
The room was filled with current and former Tribal Council members, state and local dignitaries, and several hundred of well-wishers.
During his speech, Brooks highlighted some of the services the tribe has extended to its members over the past year. The Tribe has provided services to more than 250 veterans, 500 elders, and 400 youth. The Tribe repaired homes for 135 families and built 10 new homes. In the area of energy, the Tribe has assisted nearly 3,000 families.
“I would like to give a huge thanks to the Tribal Council,” Chairman Brooks said. “Without their hard work, we would not be where we are tonight.”
In his vision for the next three years, Chairman Brooks said efforts are in place to achieve 8A Certification for the Tribe.
“We need jobs,” he said. “We need to put our people back to work. And that is my commitment to you. I am nothing but a servant and I am willing to do what is necessary to move us forward as a Tribe.”
Monday's inauguration coincided with the Tribe's Second Annual Christmas Celebration. The event featured a catered meal, gospel singing and informational booths, which promoted the Tribe's housing and other programs and services.
For more information about programs and services offered at the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, please call the Tribal Housing Complex at 910.521.7861.