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Tribal Council welcomed in 3 new members for the IRB Institutional Review Board

On Thursday, during the Lumbee Tribal Council July business meeting, the Tribal Council welcomed in 3 new members for the IRB Institutional Review Board. The Honorable Kelvin Jacobs swore in Dr. Jada Brooks, Dr. Ronnie Bell and Dr. Derek Oxendine to serve on the IRB Institutional Review Board. Supreme Court Justice Tona Jacobs was also sworn-in tonight. She will serve a 5-year term on the Lumbee Tribal Supreme Court. District 4 Tribal Council Member Jody Bullard recognized and gave a presentation to the new 2022-23 Miss NCNAYO (North Carolina Native American Youth Organization) Ariel Michelle Locklear. Ariel is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of N.C. She is also a rising junior at Purnell Swett High School. NCNAYO provides various opportunities to support NC American Indian youth through an annual leadership conference in June, a youth executive committee and other leadership opportunities. American Indian youth not only have the opportunity to network across the state, they also are afforded the opportunity to work with and serve with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs as well as the United Tribes of North Carolina.

From left to right – Tribal Council Member Yvonne Dial, Tribal Administrator Ricky Harris, Dr. Derek Oxendine, Dr. Jada Brooks, Dr. Ronnie Bell, Tribal Council Member Jody Bullard and the Honorable Kelvin Jacobs




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