NORTH CAROLINA INDIAN CULTURAL CENTER
The North Carolina Indian Cultural Center, Inc. (the (Center”) was chartered by North Carolina government officials in 1985 to honor, preserve and respect the culture, history and presence of indigeneous peoples on the North Carolina / South Carolina border. Primarily located in Robeson county, North Carolina near what is today known as the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, are the sacred and burial lands of several indigenous groups including without limitation the Cherokee of Robinson and Adjoining counties. Behavior and time has shown that the North Carolina government officials did not intend to honor, preserve or respect the purpose of the charter.
The Center once held hundreds of acres of lands that are sacred sites, burial grounds, and areas of historic archaeological value. Before the charter of the Center, the relations between the colonial arrivals and the indigneous peoples centered on how to remove the people from the land. Time has shown the Center was chartered to remove the land from the people. It has been picked apart by oil companies and people with personal agendas within State and County administration.
All that remains today is 8.1 acres of land. The Chairman of the Center, now deceased, Kenneth Preston Hall, did not want to sell this land.
Robeson County was not able to negotiate outright purchase, and on February 17, 2020, the Robeson County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to condemn the remaining 8.1 acres. They said that it was “Do or Die” for this project, or they would lose $2.2 million dollars for use in allegedly building a State park.
With Chairman Kenneth Hall on his deathbed, Robeson County officials visited upon his wife at her place of work. Chairman Hall’s wife had no official role or title with the Center. County officials coerced her into signing for paperwork that started an eminent domain lawsuit against the Center. Their intention stated in the papers was to get her to waive defenses of the land being condemned so that they could take it without a fight.
From all appearances they committed fraud to win the case and take advantage of Chairman Hall’s surviving spouse.
Robeson County filed a condemnation action in Robeson County Superior Court. A group of volunteers rallied together to form a team to – Save the Center. We have removed the case from the county court to federal due to the federal civil rights claims and US Constitutional violations. The case is in federal court now. The Center needs your support to fight the legal fight.
The image above is the land plan that was presented to the indigenous peoples. The people never saw this land.