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Lumbee Tribe of N.C. offers our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Alton Bruce Jones, Jr.

The Lumbee Tribe of N.C. offers our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Alton Bruce Jones, Jr. Mr. Bruce passed away this week. He will be remembered as an activist and his willingness to always take a stand for Native People, especially his Lumbee Tribe. He was a founding member of the Lumbee Regional Development Association in Pembroke (LRDA) in 1968. He was a former educator and principal in Robeson County. Mr. Bruce was also a veteran who was a member of the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg and he served in Korea.

Mr. Bruce served as the second Executive Director of the North Carolina Commission of Indian. He served in this role from 1976 to 1994. Throughout his career, he impacted the lives of Native People around the nation as he served on numerous boards, including Chairman of the N.C. Housing Authority, Board of Directors of the N.C. Indian Cultural Center, Governor’s Interstate Indian Council (two terms), Southeastern Area Vice-President for the National Congress of American Indians, Southeastern Region (Four terms), member of the National and Native American Employment and Training Association, Executive Board of the National Congress of American Indians, and a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995 and 2005. Mr. Alton Bruce Jones, Jr. was an enrolled citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of N.C.

His services will be on Saturday in Pembroke.




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