Lumbee Tribal Council Allows Internet Service Providers on Tribal Lands

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday gave the green light to two internet service providers to provide high-speed service along tribal lands.

Council unanimously approved a resolution of consent and support for the Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation (Focus Broadband) and Charter Communications (Spectrum) to build and provide high-speed Internet access in areas designated as Tribal Territory Lands Lumbee through Robeson, Hoke, Scotland and Cumberland. counties.

The council also approved the construction of a network for the proliferation of high-speed internet service in the public right-of-way of Lumbee lands and offered support to the two providers to obtain subsidies to achieve the goal.

“A significant number of homes and businesses currently do not have access to fast and reliable high-speed internet…this lack of high-speed internet access has placed our tribe at a significant disadvantage, and in particular our students and children. “, read Gerald. Goolsby, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, orders.

Councilor Richard Jones told council members that this is good news for the Lumbee Tribe.

“It should set a precedent for any company that wants to do business with the Lumbee Tribe, with the Lumbee Tribe, which would create land recognition. I think it’s really a happy day for the tribe,” Jones said.

In financial matters, the board approved the first amendment to the current year’s budget to include more than $5 million in funds remaining from the prior year’s budget. The funds will be used to augment the Housing Replacement, Property Maintenance, Dreamcatcher Communities and Vehicle Maintenance line items of the current fiscal year 2021-22 budget, said Pam Hunt, Chair of the Lumbee Finance Committee. TribalCouncil.

The biggest increase will be the Dream Catcher item. An additional $3,693,452.83 will be budgeted, bringing the new total to $4,866,298.83.

An additional $180,000 was added to the house replacement element, bringing the new total to $680,000; $600,000 was added to homeownership maintenance, bringing the new total to $1,125,000; and the vehicle maintenance budget has been doubled and now totals $100,000.

Report and ethical decisions

No sanctions will be imposed on three complaints filed with the ethics committee, Dewey McNeill, chair of the committee, said in a report.

A lawsuit was filed against Joshua Malcolm, who was a Lumbee Tribe Supreme Court Justice, by Ron Oxendine. McNeill said the case was thrown out because the council lacked the power to go to the tribe’s supreme court.

Two complaints about a conflict of interest involving council members Marshirl Lockler and Wendy Moore were also dismissed. Locklear’s dismal complaint came after a review determined there was no conflict. Moore’s case was dismissed because she requested the recusal on the case via email before the case was discussed.

Community Feedback

During the community feedback portion of the meeting, former Lumbee Tribal Council Chair Anita Blanks called on council members to create an order requiring answers from the Lumbee Tribe Supreme Court.

“I’d like to know when you’re all going to set parameters for our Supreme Court in terms of hearing cases,” Blanks said. “If they don’t respond to the complainant, let them (those filing the complaint) know that they won’t hear it and why they won’t. This kind of things.

Blanks said she personally submitted several cases to the Supreme Court that received no response.

“No we’re not gonna hear it, we’re not gonna hear it, kiss my foot, nothing and I’ve acquired multiple times,” Blanks said. “Currently they just don’t hear, don’t respond to cases.”

Blanks said when she was on the board, an ordinance was proposed to address the issue.

“It unfortunately didn’t come out of the committee, but I hope you all do better than us.”

Tomeka Sinclair can be reached at [email protected] or 910-416-5865.

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