On July 22-25, 2019, the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe sponsored its 2nd Annual Summer Legacy Camp for tribal youth ages 13-18. Tribal staff envisioned a camp for youth that would educate them about Haliwa-Saponi history, culture, and traditions, as well as provide them with tools to be successful in their academic and professional careers. For the first two days, 30 tribal youth, some travelling as far as Maryland and California, participated in intense workshops on tribal history, language, culture, leadership, education, environment, federal acknowledgment, and traditional healing practices. The group visited the Turtle Rock at Panacea Springs, a sacred site to the Haliwa-Saponi and took a community tour to learn about historic sites. Dr. Ryan Emanuel, a Lumbee Indian, presented on the impact of global warming to our society and his efforts at environmental advocacy. Representatives from UNC-Pembroke, N.C. State University, UNC Chapel Hill, Nash Community College, and ECU educated students about their institutions. Successful Native leaders, including a dental hygienist, IT Specialist, medical doctor, and teacher encouraged students through their stories about their academic and educational journeys and tribulations as Native Americans. On day three the group traveled to Virginia and visited the Jamestown Settlement, which featured museums, and living history villages and towns. At the end of the day students conducted recap activities and project evaluations. The camp concluded with a fun trip to Busch Gardens. You may view a gallery of photos from the camp here.
The Summer Legacy Camp is a part of the Haliwa-Saponi Historic Legacy Project, which focuses on federal acknowledgment and education in an effort to groom the next generations of Haliwa-Saponi leaders. The camp was funded through the Administration for Native Americans, Healthy Native North Carolinians sponsored by the UNC American Indian Center, Z. Smith Reynolds Inclusive Public Art Initiative, Halifax Helps, nominal fees, donations, and volunteers. Project staff and interns included Dr. Marvin “Marty” Richardson, Sharon Berrun, Tosha Silver, Consuela Richardson, Matthew Richardson, Luis Rolon, Raheim Baker, Makayla Richardson, and Ariel Hewlin. For more information on how you can help continue the legacy of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe and its efforts to be fully federal acknowledged, contact Dr. Marvin “Marty” Richardson at (252) 586-4017 ext. 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.