Conversations About The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle

For the next few months I’ll have the chance to listen, learn, talk, and share about The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle. I’ll be traveling near and far, at bookstores and college campuses, but my voice will be going even more places by radio! Join me on Twitter and Instagram for a whole other level of conversation.

Sept. 6: KSFR, Santa Fe, NM, “The Last Word” with Abigail Adler (NPR)

Sept. 7: Live at 10 am on WFOV, Flint MI, The Tom Sumner Show (community access radio)

Sept. 7: Live at 12:20 on WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio, “The 

State of Things” with Frank Stacio (NPR)





Sept. 8: 11:00 am at McIntyre’s Books, Fearrington, NC (independent bookstore)

Sept. 18: Live at 9 pm on WBAI, New York, NY, “OutFM” with Bob Lederer (Pacifica Radio)— “The Remarkable Life of Eddie Hatcher, Gay Indigenous Political Prisoner (1948-2009)” with Mab Segrest, feminist activist and author of Memoir of a Race Traitor and many other works!

Sept 20: 8:00 am PST on KPFK, Los Angeles, CA “Rise UP! With Sonali” (Pacifica Radio)

Sept. 20: live at 7:05 pm CST on KPFT, Houston, TX “The Progressive Forum (Pacifica Radio)

Sept. 23: Conversations LIVE! with Cyrus Webb

Sept. 24: live at 8:15 am on The Louie Free Show, Youngstown, OH

Sept. 25: live at 10:00 am CST on WRFK, Baton Rouge, LA “The Jim Engster Show” (NPR)

Sept. 26: PRX “The Ideasphere: A Platform for Today’s Voices,” with Guy Rathburn

Sept. 27: live at 9:00 am CST on WGDT, Kenosha, WI “Morning Show” (NPR)

Sept. 28: live at 1:00 pm EST on Native America Calling, with Danielle McLean, Legal and Compliance Officer, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Oct. 6: 5:30-7 pm at UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, Unique as We Are Alike Art Exhibit Opening and Book Party with Lumbee artists Alisha Locklear Monroe and Ashley Minner and Lumbee cuisine from New South Catering (Pembroke, NC) and  Rosie’s Bakery (Baltimore, MD)

Oct. 8: live at 12:00 pm CST on WORT, Madison, WI “A Public Affair” with Ryan Emanuel, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, N.C. State University

Oct. 10: live at 9:03 am EST WHMP, Amherst, MA “The Bill Newman Show”

Oct. 11: live at 9:10 am EST WVLY/WTCS, Wheeling, WV “Howard Monroe and the Morning Show”

Oct. 13: “Spirit in Action” with Mark Helpsmeet on Northern Spirit Radio, Wisconsin

Oct. 25: Keynote Address, Lumbee Genealogy Symposium, Museum of the Southeastern Indian, UNC-Pembroke (Pembroke, NC)

Oct. 30: The Tribe That Stayed: The Lumbee Indians, Jefferson Public Radio (Oregon NPR)

Nov. 1: “No More Silence,” Season 3, Episode 14, About South

Nov. 3: book reading and signing, Native Neighbors Day, 11 am-3 pm, Baltimore American Indian Center, Baltimore, MD

Nov. 7: Panelist, Postmodern Native: Contemporary Lumbee Art, Downtown Dialogues in the Humanities, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC

Nov. 14: 7:00 pm at Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill NC in conversation with Ryan Emanuel on Lumbee History, Land, and the Environment (independent bookstore)

Nov. 17: American Indian Heritage Celebration, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

Nov. 18: live at 10:15 am EST WMBR, Cambridge, MA “Radio with a View”

Nov. 28: American Indian Heritage Month Lecture, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

Dec. 4: The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle book talk, 4:00 pm, Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library, UNC-Charlotte, NC

Dec. 14: Reading and signing, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, Museum of the Southeastern Indian, UNC-Pembroke (Time TBD)

Jan. 12: Reading and signing,The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, 154th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, NC



The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle

Available from UNC Press. Order here!

Jamestown, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, and Plymouth Rock are central to America’s mythic origin stories. Then, we are told, the main characters–the “friendly” Native Americans who met the settlers–disappeared. But the history of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina demands that we tell a different story. As the largest tribe east of the Mississippi and one of the largest in the country, the Lumbees have survived in their original homelands, maintaining a distinct identity as Indians in a biracial South. In this passionately written, sweeping work of history, Malinda Maynor Lowery narrates the Lumbees’ extraordinary story as never before. The Lumbees’ journey as a people sheds new light on America’s defining moments, from the first encounters with Europeans to the present day. How and why did the Lumbees both fight to establish the United States and resist the encroachments of its government? How have they not just survived, but thrived, through Civil War, Jim Crow, the civil rights movement, and the war on drugs, to ultimately establish their own constitutional government in the twenty-first century? Their fight for full federal acknowledgment continues to this day, while the Lumbee people’s struggle for justice and self-determination continues to transform our view of the American experience. Readers of this book will never see Native American history the same way.


Lowery, Library Journal Review  (July 2018)

Lowery, Publisher’s Weekly (August 2018)



Lumbee History for Everyone

I am a native Southerner and belong to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, born in Robeson County, NC and raised in Durham. I am a historian and documentary film producer, an Associate Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for the Study of the American South.

I write and teach on topics including American Indian history, Southern history, religion, music, and foodways. My second book, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, will be published by UNC Press in September 2018. My first book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation, was also published by UNC Press in 2010. Recently I have published essays in Scalawag and the New York Times.

I also work in documentary film production, most recently as a co-producer with Markay Media, including Private Violence (broadcast on HBO in 2014), A Chef’s Life (currently airing on PBS), and Road to Race Day (streaming on YouTube). Previous films include In the Light of Reverence (broadcast on PBS in 2001), and two short films, Real Indian (1996), and Sounds of Faith (1997), both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

I live in Durham with my partner and daughter, fifteen minutes from my mom and two of my brothers. I am one of seven siblings. I engage on Twitter and Instagram. You can find more work from Indigenous women historians at Women Also Know History.

Finally, fun facts Courtesy of South Writ Large:

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without (I’m surprised to have discovered that you never know what all you can do without. But here are the things that make me feel like myself)

  1. Lydia
  2. Time (with my family and friends in North Carolina, Ohio, California, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Arizona, New York, and that mysterious place musicians call “the road”)
  3. A babysitter
  4. Sound (of music, lately Atlanta-based hip-hop)
  5. Sight (through a camera)
  6. Smell (of honeysuckle)
  7. Touch (of snuggling)
  8. Taste (of coffee and bourbon)
  9. Cle de Peau concealer in ochre
  10. Pa sacks

Thank you for visiting!