A guest blog by J. Cedric Woods, PhD
Director, Institute for New England Native American Studies, UMass Boston
Growing up in Robeson County, North Carolina, particularly as a Lumbee Indian, I always knew the Lumber River, our river, was the dominant part of our landscape. It shaped a significant part of our history, serving as a source of food, recreation, and refuge during times of war.
I also knew that as heavily as we relied on it, it had the potential to cause great distress as well. I had seen it flood its banks and some of our roads as a child, and knew that it earned its older name “Drowning Creek.”
However, none of this prepared me for what I experienced in October 2016 with Hurricane Matthew. Continue Reading →